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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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How fast do colon polyps grow?

How fast do colon polyps grow?

Varies: But tend to grow slowly & that is why colonoscopy surveillance is recommended every 5 years with risks or every 10 years if no colon cancer risk factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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Colonic Polyps (Definition)

Colonic polyps is also known as Colon polyps. Colonic polyps are round growths along the wall of your large bowels. They are a very common finding in the elderly population. However, they are associated with increased risk of colon cancer, especially when an individual has many hundreds of these polyps and/or gets the polyps ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How fast can colon polyps grow?

How fast can colon polyps grow?

Relatively : Slowly. Usually from a single cell to a polyps the size of a pencil eraser takes 2-3 years, but there can be a wide degree of variability in both benign and malignant polyps. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. You Sung Sang
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How fast fo colon polyps grow back?

How fast fo colon polyps grow back?

Not very: If completely removed, they should not come back at the same site. Polyps are slow growing - unless you have an inherited colon cancer syndrome. That is why is most cases we recommend coming back in 5 years for most people with colon polyps. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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How quickly do colon polyps grow?

How quickly do colon polyps grow?

Variable: Generally we discuss polyp growth as being exponential, so that from a single cell to a polyp 1 cubic centimeter in size probably takes 2-3 years. Hyoweveer due the exponential growth they can double in size in shorter times. Some polyp types may be faster growing than others. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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How long a colon polyps take to grow back, after it is removed?

How long a colon polyps take to grow back, after it is removed?

Variable: Exact rate;density of polyp growth to malignant transformation is virtually unknown due to so many variables, earlier studies the mean doubling time 130 days (53-1570) 5mm polyps increases size 5-9mmm mean mass decreases as some of the polyps spontaneously regress. If polyp is removed completely will not come back in the same spot. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Does everyone show colon polyps symptoms?

Does everyone show colon polyps symptoms?

NO they don't: Most people with colon polyps have no symptoms! that's why it is so important for people to get screened when appropriate. Generally when you are 50, and maybe sooner if there is a family history of colon polyps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Do colon polyps hurt?

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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Dr. Raja Mudad
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Do all colon polyps need removed? If not why?

Do all colon polyps need removed? If not why?

Yes: All colon polyps need to be removed because they are the most common cause of colon cancer. Most cancers start in a polyp, that is why screening reduces the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Can colon polyps be easily removed?

Yes and No: Removal of colon polyps depend on their size. Smaller polyps with a narrow base can usually be removed easily at the time of colonoscopy. Larger polyps, and those with a broader base cannot be completely removed by colonoscopy at times, and may require colon resection. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Carolyn Messere
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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


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