WASHINGTON – A polyp removed during President Joe Biden’s colonoscopy last week “is a benign, slowly growing lesion but considered a precancerous lesion” for which no further action is required at this time, the doctor said from the White House in a letter published Wednesday.
The polyp was identified as a “tubular adenoma,” which is similar to the one Biden removed in 2008, Dr Kevin O’Connor said in the letter dated Tuesday.
He said routine monitoring is recommended and Biden is expected to have another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.
Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday as he underwent the procedure, making her the first woman to hold the presidential reins in U.S. history.
In addition to the colonoscopy, Biden underwent a physical exam and O’Connor said Friday the president was “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for work.
Biden, 79, is the oldest person to take office as President of the United States, prompting great interest in his health and well-being.