President's Colon Polyps Benign: Docs

Next cancer screening moved up, scheduled for 3 years from now
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2007 5:10 PM CDT
President's Colon Polyps Benign: Docs
Under a rare invoking of the 25th amendment, Saturday morning, Dick Cheney held presidential authority for an uneventful two hours and five minutes during the President's procedure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)

The five polyps removed from President Bush during his Saturday colonoscopy were benign, the AP reports. Tony Snow said today that Bush's doctors had not expected to find any malignant growths, and he will undergo a colonoscopy again in 2010 rather than waiting the usual 5 years because of his history of polyp growth.

Bush also had benign colon polyps removed in 1998 and 1999. "The president is in good health," said the White House spokesman, who's battling colon cancer himself. "There is no reason for alarm." Bush rode his bike and played with his dogs shortly after the procedure. Polyps are usually harmless but can become serious cancer risks if left untreated. (More president stories.)

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