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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?

Probably not...: But lots of other things can (some benign and others not). Please refer to the many quality answers on healthtap regarding causes of constipation, and approaches to diagnosis and treatment. At 76 years old, evaluation is definitely in order for you--please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lipoma and no colon polyps?

Yes: A lipoma is a completely benign fatty tumor under the lining of the colon. They are not related to polyps. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between ovarion cysts and colon polyps?

Is there a connection between ovarion cysts and colon polyps?

No: There is no relationship between ovarian cysts and colon polyps, or an increased risk of one over the other. However, both are common enough that they could each occur in the same person. ...Read more

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How long will you have colon polyps before turning to cancer?

How long will you have colon polyps before turning to cancer?

Depends on size: And type of polyp. Some polyps already contain cancer when they are found. Other small polyps may take years to develop into cancers. In general, larger polyps are more dangerous. They should all be removed when found on colonoscopy whenever possible. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for colonic polyps?

Colonoscopy: During colonoscopy the doctor will snip and remove these polyps. Often there are just a few and easily managed and the patient brought back each 5 years to look for newly formed ones that are removed. The risk is polyps can eventually turn into colon cancers. In some people there are too many and they can not all be removed but they can be kept an eye on to catch those that may turn cancerous. ...Read more

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I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

I have blood in my underwear, is this a sign of colonic polyps?

Could be: There are many reasons for blood in your underwear (you don't say if you are male or female - i'll address only the colorectal causes in this answer, but blood can come from the vagina, bladder, or penis, as well). Bleeding from the anus or rectum can come from anal fissures, hemorrhoids, or irritation, but may be a symptom of polyps or cancer. Get it checked! ...Read more

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I'm african american am I more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

I'm african american am I more susceptible to getting  colon polyps?

Yes: African americans on average get colon cancer at a younger age. The american college of gastroenterology advocates screening colonoscopy starting at the age of 45 as opposed to 50 for the average populaton. ...Read more

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Colon polyps. How long does it take for them to grow and what is the treatment?

Colon polyps. How long does it take for them to grow and what is the treatment?

Polyp growth is: Variable but to go from a single cell to a polyp the size of an eraser can take 2-3 years. The treatment is removal of all polyps to rule out malignancy or pre-malignancy during a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is there a way to Prevent colon polyps ? Is there a way to lessen chances of them being cancerous ? I had 9 polups three agressive types im worried

Is there a way to Prevent colon polyps ? Is there a way to lessen chances of them being cancerous ? I had 9 polups three agressive types im worried

Colonoscopies: You have to be vigilant in getting colonoscopies yearly or every 2-3 years to follow up and ensure complete removal of new colon polyps. Unfortunately, besides frequent colonoscopies, there is not much else you can do besides eating a high fiber, low fat diet. You must have colonic adenomas, so frequent colonoscopies will decrease your risk of progression to colon 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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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

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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)

Occurs when there is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps aren't serious, 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