Biden to endure colonoscopy, will switch powers of presidency to Harris


“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the identical process in 2002 and 2007, and following the method set out within the Structure, President Biden will switch energy to the Vice President for the transient time frame when he’s beneath anesthesia. The Vice President will work from her workplace within the West Wing throughout this time,” Psaki mentioned.

The White Home may even situation a written assertion summarizing Biden’s bodily later Friday.

Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, who on the time of his inauguration was the oldest president to ever assume workplace, had a checkered previous when it comes to making his medical information public. Earlier than being elected, Trump didn’t launch medical information but rather a letter from his doctor saying that he was in “wonderful bodily well being.” It was not till 2018 that Trump had his first presidential well being examination, additionally at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump had a number of extra bodily exams throughout his time period, and regardless of suggestions that he drop a few pounds—he was technically obese and had “bad” cholesterol—he failed to follow doctor’s orders for extra train and a cleaner eating regimen. Final October, after the forty fifth president contracted COVID-19, he was hospitalized with extraordinarily low oxygen ranges, fever, and congestion.

Then White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany spun his prognosis as “delicate,” as did Trump’s doctor Dr. Sean Conley, who refused to reply questions on whether or not there was harm to Trump’s lung tissue or indicators of pneumonia associated to coronavirus. A bevy of sources who spoke to The New York Occasions in February painted a far bleaker picture of Trump’s situation.

Biden, who turns 79 this weekend, final launched a abstract of his well being in 2019. The assessment was done by Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s long-time major care physician who additionally served because the director of government medication at George Washington Medical College Associates.

O’Connor mentioned Biden was “wholesome” and “vigorous” for his then-77 years, although he was being handled for an irregular heartbeat, regardless of exhibiting no signs. Biden additionally took a prescription drug to decrease ldl cholesterol and triglycerides, remedy for heartburn, and a preventive capsule for blood clots. He has no identified medical allergic reactions.

Biden had one mind aneurysm within the late Nineteen Eighties, had his gallbladder eliminated in 2003, and has undergone surgical elimination of non-melanoma pores and skin most cancers lesions. Biden mentioned the lesions had been seemingly as a result of his time spent within the solar as a lifeguard years earlier than. 

The president injured his foot taking part in together with his canine final November, however a check-up in February decided the fracture had totally healed.

As for Biden’s colonoscopy on Friday, the process is of important significance.

In response to the American Most cancers Society, colorectal most cancers is the third most common cancer identified in america. In 2021 alone, 104,270 new instances of colon most cancers had been recognized and 45,230 new instances of rectal most cancers. The lifetime danger of growing colorectal most cancers is about 1 in 23 for males and about 1 in 25 for ladies.

In America, colorectal most cancers shouldn’t be solely the third main reason for cancer-related deaths in each women and men, however it’s the second-most frequent reason for most cancers demise when women and men are mixed. The American Most cancers Society predicts that in 2021, colorectal most cancers could have precipitated about 52,980 deaths.

Biden shouldn’t be chubby or overweight and retains pretty lively, two components key in preventing colorectal most cancers.

Although getting a colonoscopy could be considerably anxiety-inducing given the preparation that goes into it, things have changed dramatically lately, making the method much less harrowing and nicely definitely worth the rewards of staying wholesome and cancer-free.