President Joe Biden’s colon polyp was benign, possibly precancerous

WASHINGTON — The polyp removed from President Joe Biden’s colon last week was a benign, slow-growing but potentially precancerous lesion that required no further action, his doctor said in a follow-up memo.

The specimen, a tubular adenoma, was similar to one removed from Biden in 2008, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, the president’s physician, in a memo released Wednesday by the White House. Routine surveillance, which normally requires another colonoscopy within seven to 10 years, was recommended, he wrote.

The Mayo Clinic defines a colon polyp as a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Most colon polyps are harmless, according to Mayo’s website, but some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer over time.

“The best prevention for colon cancer is regular screening and removal of polyps,” the clinic advises.

Biden, who turned 79 last week and is the country’s oldest president, remains “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for duty, O’Connor said in his first report after Biden’s first routine physical in office. The president is showing signs of aging, the doctor noted.

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