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A 84-year-old female asked:

What is a adenomatous colon polyp.?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Pre-cancerous: As opposed to a hyperplastic polyp, an adenomatous polyp is the type of growth in your colon that can become cancerous over time. Variants such as villous or tubulo-villous adenomas may also describe this type of polyp. If you have these removed at colonoscopy, you will require surveillance on a regular basis.
Dr. Daniel Conway
General Surgery 36 years experience
Benign: Adenomatous polyps are pre cancerous growths in the lining of the colon. Think of them as the colonic equivalent of benign moles on your skin. Just as some people have lots of moles, some people make lots o polyps. Adenoma refers to glandular growth. These can usually be removed during colonoscopy. Removing them prevents them from becoming a colon cancer.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should be worried about having a adenomatous colon polyp?

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Dr. Richard Hallett
Radiology 28 years experience
Have it removed...: You should have these removed. If totally removed and no evidence of cancer, no need to further worry about that polyp. Left alone, a percentage could grow into cancer over time, so best to remove. You should then be followed as per your doctor's and acs guidelines.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a benign colon polyp and an adenomatous colon polyp?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Sort of the same: An adenomatous polyp is not cancer so by definition is "benign" although it harbors the potential of becoming malignant with time. Not all benign polyps are adenomatous. Some are just plain polyps with little or no malignant potential. So, adenomatous polyps are benign but not all benign polyps are adenomatous.

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