(Trends Wide) — When President Joe Biden had a colonoscopy last week, a single 3mm polyp was removed. On Wednesday, his doctor reported that tests on the polyp revealed that it is a tubular adenoma, a slow-growing benign lesion believed to be potentially precancerous.
The president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said it is similar to a polyp that had been removed from Biden in 2008, noting that no further action is required at this time.
O’Connor said routine surveillance was recommended for the finding and that Biden should have his next colonoscopy in 7 to 10 years.
This report comes after Biden temporarily transferred power, for an hour and 25 minutes, to Vice President Kamala Harris on November 19, when she was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.
The colonoscopy was part of Biden’s first physical exam in office as the oldest president in his first term in American history.
President Joe Biden “remains in a position to fulfill his duty and fully fulfills all of his responsibilities without exemptions or accommodations,” O’Connor wrote in a summary of the president’s physical examination.
Ultimately, O’Connor found that “President Biden remains a healthy and vigorous 78-year-old man who is in a position to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, including those as Chief Executive Officer, Head of State, and Commander in Chief. Boss, “he wrote.
Kate Sullivan, Trends Wide’s Betsy Klein contributed to this report.