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A 56-year-old male asked:

greetings, am i able to see the difference between a polyp and a hemorroid ?

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Dr. Colette Wiseman
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Polyps are internal so you would not be able to see them. Hemorrhoids are usually external (although they can be silghtly inside the rectum). If you have a mass or swelling on the outside of your rectum that does not go away after a few days you should see your doctor, as it is possible to have ano-rectal cancer.

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