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when polyps are removed from the colon, are they checked for cancer right away?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: Any tissue removed is submitted for microscopic analysis. If the doctor suspects cancer then he/she may ask for a "frozen section" which allows the tissue to be examined immediately by the pathologist.
Answered on Feb 16, 2015
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Polyps removed: During a colonoscopy are sent to pathology for processing and ultimate microscopic analysis. This can take from 1-3 days depending on your lab. The pathology results are then conveyed to the patient and used to determine the proper advice on when to repeat the colonoscopy to look for new polyp growth.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016

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