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A 29-year-old male asked:

my mother just had a polyp removed during her colonoscopy. she was 10 years past due when she finally had her first. am i still higher risk?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No: If she was 60 and the 1 polyp was found, you are still recommended for colonoscopy at age 50. If you have 2 first degree relatives with colorectal cancer or with advanced polyps or if your mom was less than 60 and the polyp was advanced or colorectal cancer then you would need colonoscopy starting at age 40 and every 5 years thereafter.
Dr. Gregory Fehr
Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
some polyp conditions are genetic and precancerous so it is best to follow up with colonoscopy as recommended by your gastroenterologist and your family history
Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
Depends on the size: unless it was really advanced (ie truly pre-cancerous) i'd say no. she's now ~60, correct?

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Last updated Aug 5, 2014

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