WASHINGTON (AP). The polyp removed from President Joe Biden’s colon last week was a benign, slowly growing, but potentially precancerous lesion that did not require further action, his doctor said in a follow-up note.
This specimen, a tubular adenoma, was similar to the one taken from Biden in 2008, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, wrote in a note published Wednesday by the White House. He wrote that regular follow-up is recommended, which usually requires a second colonoscopy after seven to ten years.
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The Mayo Clinic defines a colon polyp as a small collection of cells that forms 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 best prevention of colon cancer is regular examination and removal of polyps,” the clinic advises.
Biden, who turned 79 last week and is the country’s oldest president, remains “healthy,” “energetic” and fit for the job, O’Connor said in his initial report following Biden’s first routine medical examination in office. The doctor noted that the president showed signs of aging.