WASHINGTON (TBEN) – The polyp removed from President Joe Biden’s colon last week was a benign, slowly growing but potentially precancerous lesion that required no further action, his doctor said in a follow-up note.
The specimen, a tubular adenoma, was similar to the one taken from Biden in 2008, wrote Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the president’s physician, in a White House note released Wednesday.
Routine monitoring has been recommended, which normally requires another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years, he wrote.
The Mayo Clinic defines a colon polyp as a small collection of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Most colon polyps are harmless, according to the Mayo website, but some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer over time.
“The best prevention of colon cancer is regular screening and removal of polyps,” advises the clinic.
Biden, who turned 79 last week and is the country’s longest-serving president, remains “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for work, O’Connor said in his initial report after the first routine physical exam of Biden in power.
The president is showing signs of aging, the doctor noted.