Biden’s colon polyp was benign, possibly precancerous
Washington — His doctor said in a follow-up note that the tumor removed from President Joe Biden’s colon last week was benign and slow-growing, but it may be a precancerous lesion that requires no further procedure.
The sample, a tubular adenoma, was similar to the one removed from Biden in 2008, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the president’s physician, wrote in a memo released by the White House on Wednesday. He wrote that routine monitoring is recommended, which usually requires another colonoscopy within seven to ten years.
The Mayo Clinic defines a colon polyp as a small mass of cells that form on the lining of the colon. According to the Mayo website, most colon polyps are harmless, but some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer over time.
The clinic advises that “the best way to prevent colon cancer is regular screening and removal of polyps.”
O’Connor, in his initial report after Biden’s first routine physical in office, said Biden, who turned 79 last week and is the nation’s oldest president, remains “in good health”, “energetic” and fit for service. The doctor indicated that the president was showing some signs of aging.
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