White House physician Kevin O’Connor has said a polyp removed from President Joe Biden’s colon last week was benign but likely pre-cancerous.
It is thought to be a “benign, slow-growing, but pre-cancerous lesion” that requires no further action at this time, Dr. O’Connor said in a memo on Wednesday.
The polyp was identified as a “tubular adenoma”, similar to the one removed by Mr Biden in 2008. The doctor recommended regular monitoring and suggested that the president undergo another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.
Mr Biden, who turns 79 this week, remains fit for duty, Dr O’Connor said in his preliminary report that the country’s oldest president had a colonoscopy and physical exam on 19 November.
“President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, fit to successfully execute the duties of the President, which include that of Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,” the doctor wrote.
“The president has never had colon cancer,” he said earlier.
In a detailed health report, Dr O’Connor said two aspects of the president’s health deserve scrutiny – Mr Biden’s recent “clearing his throat” and a stern move.
He wrote that the president was experiencing “throat-clearing” with “increasing frequency and severity” and attributed it to a digestive disorder known as gastroesophageal reflux.
The doctor said the injury to the president’s leg last year may have contributed to his strange walk. Mr Biden is also reportedly dealing with spinal arthritis and “peripheral neuropathy”.
“The president’s gait appears to be markedly stiffer and less fluid than before. He particularly acknowledges morning stiffness that improves throughout the day,” said the doctor.
The president takes five medications, including Crestor for high cholesterol, Dymista nasal spray and Allegra for allergies; Eliquis as a blood thinner; and Pepcid for gastroesophageal reflux.
In his final comprehensive health report before the presidential campaign in 2019, Dr O’Connor described Mr Biden as “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency”. Was.
Mr Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, making her the first woman in US history to hold the presidency.
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