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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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His colonoscopy was negative, but theres family history of polyps. Does that increase the risk of cancer?

His colonoscopy was negative, but theres family history of polyps. Does that increase the risk of cancer?

While every: Screening colonoscopy is not positive, a family history does raise risk and worry, and between colonoscopies each decade over 50, one can have fecal occult blood tests in the interim. A positive guaiac or actual blood per rectum, leads to a for cause colonoscopy that insurance should cover. Again, all bleeding is not cancer. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more