During a speech on Wednesday, President Joe Biden apparently said he had cancer. The comment, which was slightly muffled in the footage, quickly escalated into a debate about the president’s health.
“That’s why I, and so many other people I grew up with, have cancer,” Biden said as he discussed the environmental issues Delaware faced when he grew up there.
The comments were made during a speech in Somerset, Massachusetts, in which Biden spoke about climate change and the job potential that could be generated by investing in clean energy.
Does Joe Biden have cancer?
As we mentioned in AmericanPost.NewsThe White House on Wednesday clarified US President Joe Biden’s apparent claim that he has cancer, saying he was referring to a skin cancer diagnosis he received before he became president and that it has been remedied.
Speaking about climate change in the US state of Massachusetts, Biden recalled growing up next to a number of oil refineries in his home state of Delaware, saying they were responsible for widespread pollution in the area.
“That’s why I and so many other people I grew up with have cancer, and why, for a long time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation,” he said while emphasizing the need to move away from fossil fuels.
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The US president was referring to the skin cancers that were removed
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Joe Biden was referring to nonmelanoma skin cancers that were removed before he took office.
A summary of the president’s health released in November said Biden had “several localized nonmelanoma skin cancers removed” before his presidency, adding that there were “no areas suspected of skin cancer at this time.” No biopsies were required, he added.
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