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what is a polyp in the colon

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No specific time: It generally takes about ten years from the begining of a polyp to cancer, but it is not advisable to rely on this "average". All colonic polyps shou ... Read More

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Developing a new polyp may not be unusual , if you have a family history ( blood relatives ) of several members has colon cancer , is a concern , need ... Read More
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Dr. Dan Lister
28 years experience General Surgery
Not unusual. : Colon polyps recur or you grow new ones. This is why it is important to have regular colonoscopies, especially with your personal and family history.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Not likely...: Unless there is a pathologist on site, the polyps undergo a process of fixation, staining, sectioning, and interpretation. Most experienced gastroente ... Read More
Dr. Sean O Donovan
34 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not usually: Polyps are usually sent to a pthology lab, where they are processed, fixed in preservative, cut, stained and then 'read' by a pathologist. This takes ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Samantha Brown-Parks
24 years experience Family Medicine
Prevention: Polyps have a propensity to develop into malignancy. If you have a section of bowel that is full of polyps, it is thought that removal of the section ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Drewitz
27 years experience Gastroenterology
No...: Any polyp > 1 cm in size might be considered significant or large.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Cheng
26 years experience Family Medicine
Polys: Your physician should have counselled you on a high fiber diet.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
34 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Abnormal gowths : Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some colon polyps are dest ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
34 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Some yes, some no: Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some polyps are destined t ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
Some: There are different types of colon polyps. Some will not turn into cancer. But many (adenomatous polyps in particular) have a high likelihood of tur ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Hard to tell: It depends what type of polys we are referring to . There are very aggressive polyps that invariably turn in to cancer unless the whole colon is remov ... Read More
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