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Bright, red blood from anus...Constipation? I'm only twenty, but colon problems are known in my family (colon cancer, polyps). Should I go to gi, or?

Bright, red blood from anus...Constipation? I'm only twenty, but colon problems are known in my family (colon cancer, polyps). Should I go to gi, or?

Bleeding, pain: Intl hemorrhoids can give u bleeding with a bowel movement, blood on the toilet paper or in the bowl. Other things that could cause bleeding are best evaluated with colonoscopy. Usually you would get this at 50 years old. But if there is a strong history of colon ca in the family you should get a scope 10 years before the age at which the youngest realtive got ca. Get one now if bleeding.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Do colon cancer polyps cause constant blood in the stool or intermittently? Do polyps only bleed when they're ruptured from straining passing stool?

Do colon cancer polyps cause constant blood in the stool or intermittently? Do polyps only bleed when they're ruptured from straining passing stool?

Intermittent: Bleeding form polyps is intermittent and depends on the size and type of polyp. That is why yearly testing is recommended. You may consult this site for information about blood in stool. Http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/blood-in-stool#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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.

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What stage of colon cancer is polyp?

What stage of colon cancer is polyp?

Pre-cancerous: Polyp only means a grape like structure protruding into the lumen of an organ. Some cancers appear polypoid. Histologically confirmed benign polyp, by a pathologist, is a pre-cancerous lesion.

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan incidentally detect colon cancer or polyps?

Incidental: An abdominal ct scan may incidentally demonstrate the suspicion of a fairly large colon cancer but not small lesions or polyps. A conclusive diagnosis of colon cancer requires a tissue diagnosis by biopsy.

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Are polyps on the colon usually benign? Is it possible to get colon cancer even without polyps (scientifically speaking)? Curious

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.

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What % of colon polyps removed come back as being pre-cancerous? My brother has colon cancer, my moms polyps were pre-cancerous. My odds of having?

What % of colon polyps removed come back as being pre-cancerous? My brother has colon cancer, my moms polyps were pre-cancerous. My odds of having?

Colon polyps: There are genetic tests for all varieties of family colon cancers. You may never have another problem, but you need to find out your relatives' type and get tested by a blood test. Look up other sources of familial colon cancer to do research to understand it better. Do not do nothing. Good luck to all of you.

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My dad, his sis, brother and dad died of cancers (brain, stomach, liver) my grandma had colon Cancer. They found polyps in my colon, bad sign at 18?

My dad, his sis, brother and dad died of cancers (brain, stomach, liver) my grandma had colon Cancer. They found polyps in my colon, bad sign at 18?

What type of polyp: That many cancers may prove to be associated with a familial disorder requiring genetic evaluation. Polyps of colon extremely rare unless there is an underlying hereditary disorder. Important to know whether the polyps were inflammatory or adenomatous lesions that could lead to malignant transformation. Should genetic disorder be found, colon surgery may eventually be needed.

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Am I more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer if the large polyp that was removed was labeled as "friable"?

Am I more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer if the large polyp that was removed was labeled as "friable"?

No but maybe: Dysplasia in the polyp determines the nature and potential for malignancy not friability but large polyps with friable nature might indicate rapid growth.

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39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will I get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will I get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

Not sure if: Family history or leeding led to your colonoscopy, but it showed its value. You are not predestined to get invasive cancer, but the findings warrant follow up to snip dangerous polyps before they invade, and gain access to nodes and blood steam. Your colonoscopist can tell you schedule for surveillance.

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Is having a polyp a risk for colon cancer?

Yes: Having a colon polyp increases your risk of developing colon cancer about 10% over the general population. That is why it is important to maintain a follow-up routine with the doctor doing your colonoscopies.

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How do polyps in the colon relate to colon cancer?

How do polyps in the colon relate to colon cancer?

Yes: 85 percent of colon cancers arise from colon polyps. As polyps grow, they can transform into colon cancer. Not all polyps are precancerous and not all precancerous polyps become colon cancers.

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Can a large polyp in your colon mean colon cancer?

Maybe: Larger growths can contain cancer, but other polyps can be large and still be fully benign. Pathology would review the polyp after it is removed.

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What are the chances of colon cancer with a 1.5cm polyp?

What are the chances of colon cancer with a 1.5cm polyp?

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.

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What is the likelihood of colon cancer if you have a 1.5cm polyp?

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.

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On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

On average, how long does it take for a polyp to form and then turn into colon cancer?

Years: It generally takes years for a polyp to form and then later become cancerous. This is why screening colonoscopy is only needed every 10 years if normal.

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Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

Does having a number of benign polyps in the colon mean a larger chance of colon cancer?

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.

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If I have polyps in the colon, aged 26- would there be an extremely high incidence of colon cancer later in life?

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.

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Does having an adenomatus colonic polyp in one's late 20s indicate a significantly increased chance of colon cancer later in life?

Depends: On whether it is part of a genetic predisposition such as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (hnpcc), or an isolated event and you never have another polyp. Your GI doc will recommend the appropriate follow-up to minimize the risk of cancer.

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Can a colon polyp cause the same symptoms as colon cancer?

Yes and no: They can both cause blood per rectum. They can both be asymptomatic. Advanced colon cancer behaves differently than a polyp, however. If you are having these questions, speak with a doctor.

Dr. Corey Clay
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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


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