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Colon Cancer Polyp Size
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Very rare: Polyp is a premalignant condition, which means that if you let it go without removing it, it will turn into cancer. Usually takes an average of 10 years for a polyp to turn into cancer. The larger the polyp the greater the chance to have cancer, the size of 2cm could be worrisome. It is recommended to have repeat colonoscopy 3 years after removing the polyp for surveillance. ...Read more
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Biopsy result.: If this is all you have in your colon on your colonoscopy, you then need to have it biopsied to determine if it is cancerous or prrecancerous. This can also tell the extent of spread of cancer if it is present. Usually a solitary polyp like this is unlikely to be cancerous, but you don't know unless a biopsy is done so see your doctor and get that biopsy result if not done already. ...Read more
Yes: Colon polyps predisposes to development of cancer, needs regular endoscopic removal and examination for cancer cells.Some of these polyp conditions runs in the family ( familial adenomatous polyposis ), then all the family members need to be examined march is colorectal cancer prevention month see your doctor. ...Read more
If I have polyps in the colon, aged 26- would there be an extremely high incidence of colon cancer later in life?
Perhaps??: There are many types of polyps, some common at younger ages, and not all polyps lead to cancer! just having a benign hyperplastic polyp at age 26 probably doesn't influence your colon cancer risk at all! but other polyps are much more worrisome, so find out what kind you had, and discuss your personal risk with your doctor, knowing that surveillance should greatly reduce your chance of cancer. ...Read more
Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?
Intestinal scoping: A gastroscope can easily define and allow for bx of stomach ulcer. In colon, a colonoscope detects polyps and or carcinoma allowing for bx. It appears that colon cancer arises mostly from viral or carcinogen in bowel producing a field effect. If one focus mutates faster into colon Ca it suppresses all other cells which must be detected by IHC or lesion will recur after primary is resected. ...Read more
Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more
Are polyps on the colon usually benign? Is it possible to get colon cancer even without polyps (scientifically speaking)? Curious
Yes and yes:
Most polyps are benign, even polyps with malignant cells are ok if cells aren't too far into the stalk and removed and followed up.
With your positive family history be sure to be followed closely for this to head problems off early. ...Read more
2 yrs. After a colonoscopy i had another and they found a large polyp in the colon is that unusual? I have colon cancer in my family is that a concern
Not usually: Polyps and Colin cancer are soft tissue conditions, and do do not typically show up on X-ray. The main exceptions to this are if they are calcified, if they are causing a bowel obstruction ( you can diagnose the obstruction but not the cancer), or if contrast is given in the GI tract first ( known as a upper or lower GI series). Ct scan is the radiologic test of choice, colonoscopy shows as wel ...Read more
It can happen: At the time of detection, most polyps are not cancerous. Hoever, over time polyps can develop pre-cancer changes in the cells which then become early cancer changes and finally fully developed cancer. It is best to strictly follow your gastroenterologists screenig schedules if you already have had polyps and get regular screeinig colonoscopies done. ...Read more
Lots!: People have a 20-30% lifetime risk of growing a colon polyp! many never turn to cancer, and frequent checks should prevent most from turning to cancer by getting them out before they change, thus the recommendation for more frequent colonoscopies in those who have grown polyps before. Studies have clearly shown, colonoscopies prevent colon cancer! ...Read more
No reason to be nerv: Since you are under proper medical care of a doctor who is checking your colon regularly, you will do well. Polyps are caught early and removed safely if you get a Colonoscopy test ddone every one to 2 years for the next 5 years, then reduce the frequency as advised by your gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Depends on polyp: Some polyps are not precancerous and thus have no bearing on future development of colon ca. Others are, however, and your doctor should discuss your risk with you depending on what was found. You can relax somewhat, knowing that regular screening has been shown to dramatically lessen your risks of future colon cancer! ...Read more
What is the likelyhood of a sudden polyp in gallbladder being cancer after colon cancer in person with lynch syndrome?
What does it mean to have a large friable polyp? I have a family history of colon cancer and have to wait 2 weeks for the results.
Patience: Waiting for test results can be torcher. Usually it takes 3-4 days for the pathologist to prepare the speciman and then evaluate, although different labs can vary in their time. A larger polyp would be concerning but the friability of the polyp would not change the potential diagnosis. ...Read more
I had a polyp removed from my sigmoid at age 20 and it was benign. No direct family history of colon cancer. What tests should be done ongoing?
Typically: It depends on type of polyp found/ removed and why scoped. Consider full colonoscopy if there was one, there could be more. Typically a colonoscopy every 5 yrs is indicated with a family history of colon cancer or a personal hx of polyp or cancer (at a minimum). Consult a GI specialist for further management. ...Read more
How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?
Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read more
I'm 19 and they found 2 inflammatory polyps, .59 cm hyperplastic polyp, and rectal juvenile polyp in my colon. What's the risk of future colon cancer?
Genetics consult: 19 yo woman PMH sig for iron deficiency anemia with colonic polyps found on virtual colonoscopy. You need a referral for a standard colonoscopy where the polyps will be removed and examined pathologically. With your history, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and or some type of familial polyposis which may give you a higher risk in future but your expert GI doc will always watch out for you ...Read more
Colon cancer i had a colonoscopy 31/2 yrs. Ago but am having trouble lately could polyps grow that quickly i won't have another colonoscopy for 6 mo?
Very unlikely: Adenomatous polyps (the ones that can turn into cancer) become more common the older you are. The more the number of polyps seen and removed, the higher the growth rate and likely the chance of finding new ones. Having polyps or cancer at a young age though should trigger shorter intervals to surveillance colonoscopies. ...Read more
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