The president’s doctor, Dr Kevin O’Connor, reported on Wednesday that tests on the polyp revealed it to be a tubular adenoma, a benign, slowly growing lesion that is believed to be potentially precancerous.
The polyp, O’Connor said, is similar to the one Biden removed in 2008, and he noted that no further action is required at this time. The doctor said routine monitoring was recommended for the discovery and that Biden is expected to have his next colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.
Presidents are not required to publicly disclose the results of their annual health checks, but have done so to be transparent and to reassure the American people of questions about their health. However, the presidents also hid their illnesses, the severity of their illnesses or their medical treatments.
Subsequently, O’Connor wrote in a memo that Biden “remains fit for duty and fully discharges all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations.”
The doctor, who has been with the president since he took over as vice president, singled out two areas of ‘observation’ that he set aside for detailed investigation: an ‘increasing frequency and severity of the disease. “Throat clearing” and coughing during speeches “and the President’s ambulatory gait, or gait abnormality, which O’Connor said was” noticeably stiffer and less fluid than it was about a year ago “.
Both have been notable elements of Biden’s public appearances since taking office.
“President Biden remains a healthy and vigorous man, 78 years old, who is fit to successfully carry out the functions of the president, including those of chief executive, head of state and commander-in-chief,” wrote O’Connor in his summary following the Friday physical.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Veronica Stracqualursi, Betsy Klein, Kevin Liptak and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.