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Are colonic polyps genetic?

Are colonic polyps genetic?

Some: Most people with colon cancer do not have a strong family history, but some do. Anyone with a family history of colon cancer and/or colonic polyps should have a screening colonoscopy well before the age recommended for people with no family history (50). See your physician. Rarely families have mutations that cause hundreds of colonic polyps - these few patients may need removal of their colon. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Uncle had 3 colon polyps at 49, mother has never had any but their father had colon cancer at 87.No other colon in extended family.Genetic problem?

Uncle had 3 colon polyps at 49, mother has never had any but their father had colon cancer at 87.No other colon in extended family.Genetic problem?

Not likely: A usual indication of hereditary cancer is getting the disease before 40. Since none of your family members developed colon cancer before that age, it is not likely that you are genetically predisposed to it. Do get a screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...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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Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

Not typically: On occasion, polyps may infarct, twist on their stalk, bleed, or secrete (villous tumors of the rectum) with resulting "diarrhea." however, most polyps & colon cancers are identified (hopefully) before symptoms develop. Early detection at a smaller polyp size means higher cure rates, lower risk of malignant transformation or invasion, & improved survival before cancer develops. Get a colonoscopy! ...Read more

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What are the tests for colonic polyps?

Colonoscopy is best: Colonoscopy is the best test to detect and remove colon polyps. It examines the entire colon. A sigmoidoscopy examines the last 1/3 of the colon and if polyps are found a colonoscopy is recommended. Ct colography and barium enema are radiologic tests to evaluate for colon polyps but these are less sensitive and, if polyps are found, you still need a colonoscopy for polyp removal. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of colonic polyps?

What are the symptoms of colonic polyps?

None: Colon polyps are generally asymptomatic which is why routine screening is recommended at age 50 (or earlier with a family history). Rarely polyps can bleed or be large enough to cause obstruction. ...Read more

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Can I die from colonic polyps if I ignore it?

Can I die from colonic polyps if I ignore it?

Maybe: Some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer. Some polyps can bleed or rupture. All of these problems can be life-threatening. So talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Is it common to have colon polyps in your 20's?

Is it common to have colon polyps in your 20's?

Possibly: We don't really know because most people don't get colonoscopies in their 20's. Most people start at age 50 for colon cancer screening. There are some inherited syndromes like Familial Polyposis that predispose someone to polyps, but they are exceedingly rare. The polyp should be biopsied to figure out what type it is, which will be very informative. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Yes: Although there are many causes of constipation including hypothyroidism, changes in bowel habits should be a case of concern. If a polyp or others mass obstructs the lumen of the bowel, it can cause constipation. To rule out obstructive causes of constipation, a colonoscopy is recommended. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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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Colon Polyps (Definition)

A colon polyp is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps are benigh, but some are cancerous and some can become cancerous. They are a common finding on colonoscopy, and are frequently biopsied (removed) during colonoscopy ...Read more