Quiz: Which Presidential Candidates Had Health Issues?

Christine Wiebe; Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


October 10, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry was a Democratic candidate for President in 2003 when he learned that he had prostate cancer, just 2 years after his father died from the same disease. Ten days before he disclosed his diagnosis, a reporter questioned him about his health, noting that he appeared to have lost weight, but Kerry denied that anything was wrong.[1] He later explained that he had not yet informed all of his family members about his condition.

After rebounding from his prostate surgery, the following year Kerry again interrupted his campaign for surgery to repair tears in a biceps tendon and a muscle in his right shoulder.[2] He had fully recovered and was in good health when he was defeated in the 2004 general election by President George W. Bush.


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