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Colon Polyp Size And Cancer Risk
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
Depends on hx: If you have polyps the current thinking is that it takes over 5 yrs to develop a polyp and have it turn in to cancer. That is why the current reccomendation is to get a colonoscopy every 5 yrs with hx of polyps. Other genetic polyp formers such as familial adenomatous polyposis have a far more rapid cancer formation rate. Be sure to talk to your dr about the type of polyps you have and colonoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is 5year old child with colon polyp vulnerable to cancer especially if he don't have any family history?
Hard to tell: Intestinal polyps are very variable and some increase your risk of cancer while some are benign. It is best to maintain follow up with your gastroenetrologist for a clarification of the nature of your sons's polyps, the doctors recommendation on the need for removal and your son's risk of intestinal cancer. It is reassuring that you do not know of a family history of GI polyps or cancer. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increased risk?: It is now accepted that adenomatous colon polyps under the right conditions will progress to cancer if present for 5-10 years. However not all polyps will turn into cancer as some will slough off if you have had hyperplastic polyps you risks are not increased. If you had adenomatous polyps then you are at increased risks and should be followed by doctor. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had stage 1 sessile colon polyp excised. A month later the same area was biopsied, no cancer cells found, no mets in ct, CEA normal. Good idea to wait 6 months to recheck?
Discuss with GI Dr.: It depends on the size and pathology of the sessile polyp. If this polyp was already a cancer, this may need to addressed based on how much thickness of the bowel wall it invaded. Your GI surgeon is the best resource for this. Please note this may cause you problems down the line if you ignore his advice. ...Read more