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i'm middle eastern am i more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Family History: Your family history (colon cancer, colon polyps and even breast/ovarian cancers) are more important than your ethnic background.
Dr. Shady Macaron
General Surgery 20 years experience
Not necessary: Unless you have a familiar/ hereditary trait that put you at a higher chance of getting polyp like familial polyposis coli, gardner, etc there is no evidence to show that a middle eastern is more prone to develop colon polyps. I hope my answer is of help.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I am over the age of 50, am I more susceptible to getting colonic polyps?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: The incidence of colon polyps increases with age. Approximately 30 percent of men and 20 percent of women at the age of 50 have colon polyps. At age 60 almost 40 percent of men would have colon polyps.
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Does everyone show colon polyps symptoms?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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NO they don't: Most people with colon polyps have no symptoms! that's why it is so important for people to get screened when appropriate. Generally when you are 50, and maybe sooner if there is a family history of colon polyps.
Dr. Scott Browning
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Symptoms tend to occur late in the polyp-cancer sequence, very late. The best chance of preventing colon cancer is to follow screening guidelines, not wait for symptoms.
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I'm african american am I more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: African americans on average get colon cancer at a younger age. The american college of gastroenterology advocates screening colonoscopy starting at the age of 45 as opposed to 50 for the average populaton.
A 24-year-old member asked:

I'm Asian am I more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

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No: In general asians have a lower incidence of colon cancer and colon polyps than the average population. This is due to several factors including eating more fish and vegetables and less red meat.
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I'm indian am I more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Doubt it: If you do not have fhx or previous polyps & have diet rich in fiber( most hindus) your risk is low. The presence of a hereditary polyposis syndrome is a strong risk factor for developing colorectal polyps. These may include peutz-jeghers syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis and gardner syndrome.

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