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A 24-year-old male asked:

24y male. colonoscopy two years ago (hemorrhoids found - gone now). normal colonoscopy but polyp found, biopsy normal. concerned over potentially missing future polyp / cancer. is blood in poo symptom/indicator always there? or some dont get it?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 31 years experience
Routine followup: Surveillance interval colonoscopy for screening depends upon your personal history of polyps or symptoms, or family history of colon cancer or polyps. Most persons with polyps do not have rectal bleeding, and thus the need for colon screening at age 50 for everyone. In this case, interval colonoscopy would be recommmended based on type of polyp, family history, or new bleeding.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
You've had a polyp: Once you've had a polyp of the colon, you'll be encouraged to get re-checked periodically. You'll probably have more. It's best to get them removed as this is where cancers start. Polyps themselves won't produce gross blood until way-late.
Last updated Mar 24, 2017
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