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How often do you need a colonoscopy if they find pre cancerous polyps?

How often do you need a colonoscopy if they find pre cancerous polyps?

It depends on: Several things including the type, size, and number of polyps. Your polyps were likely adenomas, not hyperplastic polyps, if you were told they were pre-cancerous. If you only had 1 or 2 small (<10 mm) adenomas, next colonoscopy in 5-10 years. But >2 adenomas, or >10 mm in size, almost all guidelines suggest repeat colonoscopy in 3 years. Serrated polyposis syndrome is annual exam. Hope helpful ...Read more

Precancerous (Definition)

A precancerous condition (or premalignant condition) is a generalized state associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer. If left untreated, these conditions may lead to cancer. Premalignant lesion is a morphologically altered tissue in which cancer is more likely to occur than ...Read more


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Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should I have another colonoscopy?

Precancerous polyps were found in my intestines in December then a large 15 mm one in was found inJuly, When should I have another colonoscopy?

More frequently: Than normal people who do not have polyps. You already know polyps are precancerous, You need to be watched closely. Your doctor will advise you when will be the next one, based on histology, Speak to your doctor if you need in 6 months or a year later. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and 1 polyp was found. It was biopsied and found to be precancerous. What characteristics of a polyp make it pre.? What r prebiotics

I had a colonoscopy and 1 polyp was found. It was biopsied and found to be precancerous. What characteristics of a polyp make it pre.? What r prebiotics

Microscopy: The pathologist who read out your polyp under the microscope spends several years learning to tell the ones that are premalignant and this would take more than 400 words. Prebiotics remain unproven as a means of reducing colon cancer risk; claims have been around for a decade without anything strong, ask your gastroenterologist about aspirin. ...Read more

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I had an endo & colonoscopy. The nurse called last wk & adv that the results showed the polyp removed was precancerous but benign;what does this mean?

I had an endo & colonoscopy. The nurse called last wk & adv that the results showed the polyp removed was precancerous but benign;what does this mean?

Adenomatous polyp: You most likely had an adenomatous polyp. These polyps are the most common type of polyp we find in the colon, occurring in roughly 20-30% of patients. Over a long time (10 years), these polyps can possibly turn into cancer, so we call them "pre-cancerous". However we also often call them "benign" as they are 1) very common 2) we remove them, and 3) technically they are not cancer yet. ...Read more

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After having a pre cancerous polyp removed during a colonoscopy, are there other tests that should be done to ensure I don't have cancer anywhere else?

After having a pre cancerous polyp removed during a colonoscopy, are there other tests that should be done to ensure I don't have cancer anywhere else?

Depends a lot: On your other risk factors, such as genetics, environmental influences, and other co-morbidities. You should consult with your primary physician for definitive medical advice. ...Read more

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Yeah I got a colonoscopy about 3 weeks ago and I still have severe diarrhea is that normal or should I be concerned they cut a pre-cancerous polyp out?

Yeah I got a colonoscopy about 3 weeks ago and I still have severe diarrhea is that normal or should I be concerned they cut a pre-cancerous polyp out?

No concern: Medication taken to clean bowel could lead to diarrhea but having removed or not removed polyp, unless latter was malignant is unassociated with bowel malignancy. Unless congenital polyposis with APC gene mutations present, polyps only associated with 5% of bowel carcinomas. Latter derived from field effect, transformation possibly related to infection from organisms like polyoma virus ...Read more

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Mother had precancerous colon polyp at 40, father had noncancerous polyp at 40... when should I have first colonoscopy?

Mother had precancerous colon polyp at 40, father had noncancerous polyp at 40... when should I have first colonoscopy?

It depends on....: You may be at a higher risk for polyps than the average person where colonoscopy is advised at 50 years of age. For high risk it is advised at 40 years. But if you have any symptoms of blood loss or abdominal symptoms anytime, you should get your colon checked before you turn 40. If you want to be free of any anxiety, then do it sooner (now or during this year provided you can handle the expenses. ...Read more

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I just had a precancerous polyp removed from a colonoscopy that doc said he does not see at my age39.The pain led me to find ovarian cyst is it cancer?

I just had a precancerous polyp removed from a colonoscopy that doc said he does not see at my age39.The pain led me to find ovarian cyst is it cancer?

Unlikely: Ovarian cysts are very common. 3 cm or less is considered a normal functional follicular cyst related to normal ovulation cycles. A cyst greater than 5 cm in a premenopausal patient should be followed and managed by an OB GYN doctor. A pelvic ultrasound will show if the cyst is simple (no solid parts) or complex (internal solid components). Vast majority of ovarian cysts are benign. ...Read more

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Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Are all polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Yes: We remove polyps because they can become cancerour. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Is it serious to have 5 polyps removed during a colonoscopy?

Depends: It depends on the type of polyps. Be sure to follow up and find out what the pathology report said. Tubular adenoma is a pre-cancerous polyp and would indicate a righer risk for developing colon cancer. Follow up as directed by the doctor. ...Read more

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If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

If you had polyps last time you had a colonoscopy does than mean it's expected to continue the same.

There are higher odd: Some people are more prone to form polyps. So if you have had the polyps removed before, you are considered higher risk for more polyps and advised to undergo colonoscopy in 5 years, as opposed to 10 years for someone who did not have any polyps in their first colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy and they removed 5 polyps. What is the average amount that is removed and is 5 a lot?

5 is a lot: 5 polyps found at colonoscopy is a lot but not uncommon. Most important is the type of polyp. Hyperplastic polyps are not malignant and are not the concern that we associate with adenomatous polyps which can be premalignant. Most worrisome are adenomatous polyps with atypia which should be aggressively removed. Many invasive cancers start as a benign polyp and can be prevented by polypectomy! ...Read more

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A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?

Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small, current practice of endoscopic screening, will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm, yes could be done with out sedation, but you will be very uncomfortable, and no reason to suffer, follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more

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Had a total clean colonoscopy at 45, no polyps. At age 50, now am I still ok, or should I consider another one now. Thanks?

10 years: Current guidelines recommend a repeat colonoscopy in 10 years assuming there is no family history of colon cancer or high risk polyps. ...Read more

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If when taking a colonoscopy and they see polyps do they remove them and when they remove them and something is found what medicine do they use?

If when taking a colonoscopy and they see polyps do they remove them and when they remove them and something is found what medicine do they use?

Yes: Polyps are removed with instruments passed through a channel in the scope. Instruments are used to cut the polyp and extract it. Very rarely (if polyp large and/or flat) there is a need to inject the polyp prior to removing it, and the most common injected medicine would be epinephrine and normal saline. ...Read more

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I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

Maybe: First question is do you have any symptoms to suggest colon disease. Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss most commonly. If not, next question is family history. Any one in your first degree family have colon cancer or polyps? If yes then have one at 5 years, if no then recommendations are to wait 10 years, again, if no symptoms. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...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