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Biden had a ‘benign’ polyp removed during his routine colonoscopy last week


Biden had a ‘benign’ polyp removed during his routine colonoscopy last week, White House physician says

  • President Joe Biden, 79, had a ‘benign’ polyp removed during his colonoscopy last week, according to his physician Kevin O’Connor 
  • The doctor pronounced Biden to be ‘healthy’ and ‘vigorous’ and fit for duty 
  • The doctor also examined Biden’s ‘throat clearing’ and deemed it due to ‘greater attention’ to his public engagements and found no tumors on his vocal cords 


President Joe Biden had a ‘benign’ polyp removed during his routine colonoscopy last week, the White House announced Wednesday.

The polyp, identified as a ‘tubular adenoma,’ was a ‘slow-growing, but thought to be pre-cancerous lesion,’ White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter released Wednesday, adding that no more action is required at this time. 

Biden, 79, was pronounced ‘healthy’ and ‘vigorous’ and fit for duty after his routine physical exam. 

‘President Biden remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,’ O’Connor wrote in his briefing dated November 19 – one day before the president’s birthday.  

President Joe Biden, 79, had a three-millimeter ‘benign’ polyp removed during his routine colonoscopy last week 

The President’s physician of 13 years, Kevin O’Connor, (pictured) pronounced ‘healthy’ and ‘vigorous’ and fit for duty after his routine physical exam

The polyp was similar to one the president had removed in 2008, O’Connor said in the letter, which is dated Tuesday.

‘The President has never had colon cancer,’ O’Connor’s report said.  

It was recommended that Biden should have another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years, along with routine surveillance. 

He also indicated the president had a similar polyp removed in 2008 and that it was 'tubular adenoma'

He also indicated the president had a similar polyp removed in 2008 and that it was ‘tubular adenoma’ 

His ‘throat clearing’ was also examined – which many members of the public have pointed out since Biden took office -by O’Conner, who alluded that ‘greater attention is directed toward his public engagements’ that before and could cause him to feel the need to clear his throat more often. 

The physician also ran a series of test and found that the president’s, finding that his ‘throat clearing’ could also be due to gastroesophageal reflux and found that there ‘were zero tumors or polyps, and his vocal cord appearance and function were normal.’ 

O’Connor also looked into Biden’s ‘stiffen gait.’ 

The president admitted to experience ‘stiffness’ in the morning. The physican also amounted the stiffen to several ‘orthopedic and sports related injuries over the years’ and a fracture in his right foot from a year ago. 

His stiffness was mainly found to be due to aging after undergoing a series of tests.  

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. 

The pair pictured together in 2017

The pair pictured together in 2017 

Symptoms of colon cancer 

What is colon cancer: 

Colon cancer – also known as bowel cancer – typically starts in the large intestine/bowel.

Around one in 20 Americans are diagnosed with disease.  

The disease normally affects older adults and begins with benign polyps. Over time the polyps can become cancerous. 

Polyps can cause little to no symptoms in some patients and it is recommended to get regular screening tests. 

Colon cancer can be treated several ways, including through surgery, radiation therapy and drug treatments, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy. 

Symptoms:  

  • Change in bowel habits with diarrhea, constipation or the feeling of incomplete emptying
  • Thin or loose bowel movements
  • Blood or mucous in stools
  • Abdominal pain, bloating and cramping
  • Anal or rectal pain
  • Lump in the anus or rectum
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained anemia

Source: Cancer Council Australia, Mayo Clinic 

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