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Are bladder polyps a form of cancer?

Are bladder polyps a form of cancer?

Not neccessarily: There are bladder polyps that are benign and do not progress to cancer. There are also other polyps that are a liitle more aggressive and may turn into cancer in the future and close followup is needed with cystoscopy.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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Is colo-rectal cancer caused by generic defect leading to polyps?

Is colo-rectal cancer caused by generic defect leading to polyps?

Can be: A genetic disorder, adenomatous polyposis coli (apc) is an inherited abnormality and people who inherit it, develop multiple polyps in colon and almost invariably develop colon cancer. Only a very small proportion of the colon cancers are due to apc gene.

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When polyps are removed from the colon, are they checked for cancer right away?

When polyps are removed from the colon, are they checked for cancer right away?

Yes: Any tissue removed is submitted for microscopic analysis. If the doctor suspects cancer then he/she may ask for a "frozen section" which allows the tissue to be examined immediately by the pathologist.

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I have many polyps and a flat polyp on the right side of my colon. Does that mean I have cancer?

I have many polyps and a flat polyp on the right side of my colon. Does that mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: ...As some polyps do not develop into cancer. That said, if you have "many" polyps, it may be to your benefit to visit a specialist in cancer genetics. Some folks carry inherited traits (genes) that lead to polyposis and different kinds of cancers. Talk to your pcp or gastroenterologist about this.

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Can I just leave 1cm endometrial polyp? What are the chances of it being cancer? Should I be worried?

Can I just leave 1cm endometrial polyp? What are the chances of it being cancer? Should I be worried?

Not worry, remove: A polyp at your age is not likely to be cancer. But you should get it removed as it may cause bleeding, get infected and it you wish to have children, get in the way of getting pregnant.
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, if you have sex.

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Is an advanced adenomas villious semi sessile 14 mm polyp in rectum another way of saying its cancer in situ?

Is an advanced adenomas villious semi sessile 14 mm polyp in rectum another way of saying its cancer in situ?

No: Villous adenomas are benign. They are considered pre-malignant, but not cancer. In-situ is the earliest stage of cancer, Stage 0. The two are definitely different.

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Dr said I had a polyp that was the next step before cancer. What treatment options are usually used im 61 years old.

Dr said I had a polyp that was the next step before cancer. What treatment options are usually used im 61 years old.

Hello.: Hello. Don't know where the polyp is. Will assume it is in your colon? Normally the polyp is excised and the the doctor may recommend followup colonoscopies. If the polyp is not in your GI tract - then I am giving you the wrong info.

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I am petrified and crying I have gallbladder polyps for over 6 years with one that went from 4mm to 6, 5 mm in that time. I am scared its cancer?

I am petrified and crying I have gallbladder polyps for over 6 years with one that went from 4mm to 6, 5 mm in that time. I am scared its cancer?

Then why you waited: Yes 6.5 mm gall bladder will have slightly higher incidence of being cancer 7.1 % compared to female, don't worry get the gall bladder removed and stop worrying, it is a low risk procedure.

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Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Have same gallbladder polyps for 6 years in those years one grew from 4 mm to 6.5 and I am opting for removal how likely would this be gallbladder cancer I am 46?

Low probability: Gallbladder polyps are typically stones that are forming in the wall of the gallbladder. Gallbladder cancer is very rare. I would recommend not worrying too much about the possibility of gallbladder cancer. You say you are scheduled to have your gallbladder removed. They will test the gallbladder after it is removed. The pathologist will give you a report.

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Could polyps cause cancer or does cancer cause the polyps?

Could polyps cause cancer or does cancer cause the polyps?

See details: All colon cancers start as polyps although all polyps will not become cancerous. Cancer will not cause the polyps.

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So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

So if gallbladder polyp went down frim 6.5 mm to 4mm is that lean away from cancer?

LOW RISK: The vast majority of gb polyps are indeed benign. Any polyp less than 10mm is considered inconsequential. Ultrasound annual monitoring of gb polyps is reasonable, at least to establish if they are stable and not enlarging. It would be reasonable to assume that a small and stable, or shrinking, polyp would be benign.

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If polyp is found in colonscopy in early 30's does that mean I have to be worried about cancer syndromes?

If polyp is found in colonscopy in early 30's does that mean I have to be worried about cancer syndromes?

Not necessarily: You need to tell us why you had colonoscopy done at this young age? Polyps are benign and do not indicate that you will develop colon cancer unless you leave them untreated. So what you need to do is obtain repeat colonoscopy in 5 years once more time to be sure that you do not have anymore polyps int he future

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My grandma has cancer she is 77 years young she has had polyps in the past and removed or so she thought wow?

My grandma has cancer she is 77 years young she has had polyps in the past and removed or so she thought wow?

Does g'ma: Have colon cancer? Polyps are signals of risk, and sometimes they have cancer in the stalk. One does not age out of risk. Surveillance frequency is altered by polyp # and location. If I understand your question, she still may do very well with treament.

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Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Dr cattano you answered regarding my gallbladder polyps so now do I demand removal as I am petrified this is cancer?

Observe or surgery: Gall bladder polys have high incidence of developing malignancy if they are 2cm or more, very small polyps could be observed, you don't have to demand speak to your doctor which group you belong to, but most of the time lap cholycystecomy. Is prefored choice.

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I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

I will have a colonoscopy dr found 2 polyps in simgdoscopy do all polyps are cancer? Do they grow back after they are removed?

Relax: Great majority of polyps are not cancer. Usually takes several years to develop cancer. Polyps>1 cm in size are most noteworthy. Most important colonoscopy is your first- to find polyps that developed over the decades. Should get follow up exams. Frequency depends on polyp number, size, type, family history. Discuss w/ md. Colonoscopy made headway in fight against cancer. Talk about diet, activity.

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If I had a high dysplasia polyp that was removed, what are my chances of getting another. How long does it take a polyp to turn into cancer?

If I had a high dysplasia polyp that was removed, what are my chances of getting another. How long does it take a polyp to turn into cancer?

Dysplastic, hi: Grade polyps increase chances. Not a sure thing, but the risk means more regular look endoscopically, possible testing for genetic risks of family members. Nothing is sure in medicine, the prep is the most unpleasant aspects of colonoscopy.

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I am 18 with long line of cancer in my family, had a colonoscopy today and six polyps were found. The biggest was 15mm, is it most likely cancer?

I am 18 with long line of cancer in my family, had a colonoscopy today and six polyps were found. The biggest was 15mm, is it most likely cancer?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that it is cancer, but ask your primary are provider if genetic testing is appropriate. Familial polyposis is a condition where preventative colon resection is sometimes contemplated. Better to get all the info now, so you can make more informed decisions. Wait for the report, and don't worry - it won't change anything. Hope this helps!

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I had polyp removed during colonoscopy. It was not cancer. If it was left alone what would have happened? Dr said repeat every 5 years. You agree?

I had polyp removed during colonoscopy. It was not cancer. If it was left alone what would have happened? Dr said repeat every 5 years. You agree?

Yes: Polyps typically are pre-cancerous growths. Left alone may have developed colon cancer. Repeat in 5 years generally recommended to recheck for re growth. I agree.

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