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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do colon polyps hurt?

9 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 29 years experience
No: Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation. Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Colonic polyps cause no pain. This is why colonoscopies are so useful - you are looking for something that causes no overt symptom.
Dr. Don W Hodson
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Usually no. Only rarely when a polyp grows large enough to cause some obstruction to the colon. Most are totally painless, sometimes precancerous, and are exactly the reason everyone over 50 years of age should have a colonoscopy screening for cancer.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: Polyps do not hurt. If a polyp has gotten huge, then it can block the passage of stool, called a bowel obstruction, and that can hurt. Having a polyp removed in colonoscopy also doesn't hurt. All people of average risk for colon cancer should be screened for the polyps at 50. It is important not to wait until some symptom makes you get checked.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: The typical polyp is painless.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: The majority of colon polyps cause no pain. As mentioned by my colleagues, if the polyp is large enough to cause an obstruction, then you may notice symptoms of obstruction (thin stool, constipation, possible bleeding, etc.) any change in your normal stool habits should be checked by your physician. In addition, the removal of polyps through a colonoscopy is also usually painless.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No: Not typically, unless they are pedunculated and either become pulled or twisted on its stalk.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: They do not typically cause pain, unless they are very very large (and this would be rare). That is why colonoscopy as a screening tool for colon polyps is so important.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
No: Colon polyps should not hurt. That is why it is important for patients over 50 and especially if there is a family history to get a colonoscopy to screen for polyps. Other than occasionally bleeding from polyps or a change in bowel habitsmost people dont know they have them. Polyps can be benign or malignant in which case they must be removed before they can turn into cancer.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are colon polyps?

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Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
Abnormal gowths : Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some colon polyps are destined to become cancerous, some are not, so all polyps are usually removed when they are found so we can distinguish the difference under the microscope, not by appearance which can fool you.

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