President Biden had a polyp removed that was a “benign, slow-growing, but thought to be precancerous lesion” after having a routine colonoscopy last week, the White House physician said in a memorandum released Wednesday.
Driving the news: Testing identified it “as a tubular adenoma,” which was “similar to the polyp which he had removed in 2008,” according to physician Kevin O’Connor’s memo, dated Tuesday.
- O’Connor added that “no further action is required at this time,” but Biden should receive a “repeat colonoscopy in 7 to 10 years.”
The big picture: Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris as he underwent the colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center last Friday.
- That made Harris the first woman to hold presidential power in U.S. history.
Read O’Connor’s memo in full, via DocumentCloud: