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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

Occult/hidden: Most of the time there is no visible blood. Testing for bleeding lesions requires testing for occult blood, fecal occult blood test (fbot). There is more than one method. If is recommended that this test be done three times each year on persons over the age of 50, unless they have undergone colonoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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I had four colon polyps removed, one was 15mm and causing bleeding in stool. I was told I didn't has ibs/chrons/colitis. What caused these polyps then?

I had four colon polyps removed, one was 15mm and causing bleeding in stool. I was told I didn't has ibs/chrons/colitis. What caused these polyps then?

Viral field changes: With 4 polyps one needs to know if there is a familial history of polyposis. In addition are the polyps adenomatous or inflammatory. Rare for an adenomatous polyp of 1.5 mm to be symptomatic. If not congenital and appearing adenomatous, the mechanism appears to be polyoma virus transfecting mucosal epithelium and then as various lesions appear if a malignancy arises it suppresses the others. ...Read more

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What is the cause for colon polyps? I went in for my five year colonoscopy and they removed three. Five years ago, they removed two. These are benign

What is the cause for colon polyps? I went in for my five year colonoscopy and they removed three. Five years ago, they removed two. These are benign

Not known: It is good that you had colonoscopy and had the polyps removed. We do not know the exact cause of polyps. It is likely a combination of genetics, diet and environment.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I've had benign colon polyps removed on two occasions over a three year period. Should I consider taking calcium to reduce my odds of polyps?

I've had benign colon polyps removed on two occasions over a three year period. Should I consider taking calcium to reduce my odds of polyps?

Will not help: Polyps occur sometimes familial, sometimes we don't know why. Continue follow up with your gastroenterologist.Calcium will not reduce the incidence. ...Read more

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In my 30s.Eat healthy diet, normal weight, exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last 2 colonoscopies? 4 benign, 1 tubular adenoma. Common?

In my 30s.Eat healthy diet, normal weight, exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last 2 colonoscopies? 4 benign, 1 tubular adenoma. Common?

Follow-up care: Colon polyps are not normal, but it is good that you had colonoscopy to have these removed. Do you have family history of colon cancer? Even if you do not, do follow your doctor's advice for follow-up colonoscopy at no more than five years from now.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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In my 30s. Eat healthy diet and exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last to colonoscopies? All benign. 1 tubular adenoma. Risk?

In my 30s. Eat healthy diet and exercise. Have had 5 colon polyps removed between my last to colonoscopies? All benign. 1 tubular adenoma. Risk?

Real risk: Your diet and exercise have little or no impact on your likelihood of developing colon cancer, but are very much worth doing for their own sake, for the fitness satisfaction, and other health benefits. This is mostly about your genes and dumb luck. You'll want to be 'scoped fairly often and little lesions removed promptly to reduce your risk greatly. ...Read more

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What are colon polyps?

What are colon polyps?

Abnormal gowths: Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some colon polyps are destined to become cancerous, some are not, so all polyps are usually removed when they are found so we can distinguish the difference under the microscope, not by appearance which can fool you. ...Read more

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Are colon polyps considered to be neoplasic?

Are colon polyps considered to be neoplasic?

Yes, but...: ...Not always a cancer. Different types of polyps have varying risk of developing into cancer or harboring cancer already. Size also increases the risk. ...Read more

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Are colon polyps cancerous?

Are colon polyps cancerous?

Some: There are different types of colon polyps. Some will not turn into cancer. But many (adenomatous polyps in particular) have a high likelihood of turning into cancer if not removed. We think that most colon cancers start as polyps. That is why we recommend colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a precancerous polyp, it can be removed before you get cancer. ...Read more

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Do colon polyps hurt?

No: Most colon polyps are painless unless they are so big they cause constipation. Also large colon polyps can transform to colon cancer. ...Read more

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Are colon polyps dangerous?

Eh: Dangerous is a strong term

Certain colon polyps are considered precursors to cancer. That is, if not removed, they have potential to become cancer. ...Read more

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Colon polyps is 8mm size bad??

Colon polyps is 8mm size bad??

No, not so bad: This is a small polyp. I hope this has been sent to Pathologist for a microscopic examination.
Why did you have the colonoscopy done at this time?? (it is usually done for some reason or for Cancer screening (but after age of 50 years). ...Read more

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How fast do colon polyps grow?

How fast do colon polyps grow?

Varies: But tend to grow slowly & that is why colonoscopy surveillance is recommended every 5 years with risks or every 10 years if no colon cancer risk factors. ...Read more

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How fast can colon polyps grow?

How fast can colon polyps grow?

Relatively: Slowly. Usually from a single cell to a polyps the size of a pencil eraser takes 2-3 years, but there can be a wide degree of variability in both benign and malignant polyps. ...Read more

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How do you remove colon polyps?

How do you remove colon polyps?

By scope vs. Surgery: If your colon polyps are identified colonoscopically, they can be removed piecemeal by cold biopsy, or cauterized by wrapping a snare around the polyp & adding electricity. Even large polyps can be colonoscopically removed in their entirety by emr (endoscopic mucosal resection). Invasive adenomas, dysplastic polyps, & frank malignancies may require surgery (usually laparoscopic). ...Read more

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How quickly do colon polyps grow?

How quickly do colon polyps grow?

Usually slowly: Polyps generally grow slowly, taking years to get big enough to be visible. However, there do seem to be some that are faster growing and more aggressive. I have certainly seen them show up in less than a year after a previous colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps be easily removed?

Can colon polyps be easily removed?

Yes and No: Removal of colon polyps depend on their size. Smaller polyps with a narrow base can usually be removed easily at the time of colonoscopy. Larger polyps, and those with a broader base cannot be completely removed by colonoscopy at times, and may require colon resection. ...Read more

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How fast fo colon polyps grow back?

How fast fo colon polyps grow back?

Not very: If completely removed, they should not come back at the same site. Polyps are slow growing - unless you have an inherited colon cancer syndrome. That is why is most cases we recommend coming back in 5 years for most people with colon polyps. ...Read more

Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more