A 49-year-old female asked:
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how long does it take a colon polyp to turn into cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Fundamental rule once detected must be removed as soon as possible , if general condition permits, . Some polyps like villous adenomas already will have atypical changes or early cancer , if larger than 2 cm will have 40% chance, other types may take months to couple of years for malignant transformation , no one will wait and see. Early colon cancer is curable, removal of polyp will prevent ca.
Answered on Jun 21, 2020
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Most colon polyps : Remain benign but some turn to cancer in 5- 10 years or sooner if there's a strong family history of colon cancer. Take care! ttp://www.Healthboards.Com/boards/cancer-colon/371071-how-long-does-take-polyp-turn.Html.
Answered on Feb 24, 2016
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