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Doctor insights on: How To Shrink Colon Rectal Polyps

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Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Does everyone who gets colon or rectal cancer get polyps first?

Most do.: Most colorectal cancers arise in adenomatous polyps, which are the type of polyps that are examined for and removed in colonoscopy. Data now shows that removal of colorectal polyps decreases coloretcal cancers as well as the risk of dying from a colorectal cancer. Less frequently, colorectal cancers can be founs that do not arise from polyps. This most often happens in inflammatory bowel disease. ...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


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If there's history of colon/rectal cancer (lowercolon andrectumremoved) and 7 large polyps were found from an colonoscopy how often should a person go?

If there's history of colon/rectal cancer (lowercolon andrectumremoved) and 7 large polyps were found from an colonoscopy how often should a person go?

Depends: Discuss with GI re: how thorough scope eval was. Ask if biopsied areas marked. Type of polyp (tubular, villous, sessile etc important predictors. May consider 6 month f/u scope, possibly 12 mo. Then annual until all negative then space every 2-3 yrs cautiously. Family history, genetic testing, upper scope should be considered. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and they found 2 inflammatory polyps, .59 cm hyperplastic polyp, and rectal juvenile polyp in my colon. What's the risk of future colon cancer?

I'm 19 and they found 2 inflammatory polyps, .59 cm hyperplastic polyp, and rectal juvenile polyp in my colon. What's the risk of future colon cancer?

Genetics consult: 19 yo woman PMH sig for iron deficiency anemia with colonic polyps found on virtual colonoscopy. You need a referral for a standard colonoscopy where the polyps will be removed and examined pathologically. With your history, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and or some type of familial polyposis which may give you a higher risk in future but your expert GI doc will always watch out for you ...Read more

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If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?

If someone had colon cancer a year ago how often should he get a colonoscopy and do all colon and rectal cancers starts from a polyp?

It depends, and yes: If the colon cancer was small, repeat colonoscopy should be done every year. If it was big or obstructed the colon, repeat colonoscopy might be necessary in 3 or 6 months. Ask your oncologist. And yes, all colon carcinomas are believed to start as polyps. ...Read more

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Can CT with rectal and IV contrast rule out small polyps or lessions in the colon?proctoscope and rectal exam are clean.no blood in stool.

Can CT with rectal and IV contrast rule out small polyps or lessions in the colon?proctoscope and rectal exam are clean.no blood in stool.

Small polyps: would be very difficult to diagnose on such an exam. A tailored "CT Colonography" would be better. Standard colonoscopy would be best. ...Read more

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When polyps are removed from the colon are they checked immediately?

Not usually: Polyps are usually sent to a pthology lab, where they are processed, fixed in preservative, cut, stained and then 'read' by a pathologist. This takes time, especially if you want them to be accurate in their diagnosis, but depending on the size, location, lab, etc, the results are usually back in 3-7 days. Ask your doc how long his specimens usually take to get an idea as it varies widely. ...Read more

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Why would section of colon need to be removed surgically if polyps are found?

Why would section of colon need to be removed surgically if polyps are found?

Prevention: Polyps have a propensity to develop into malignancy. If you have a section of bowel that is full of polyps, it is thought that removal of the section may avoid cancer development. ...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


Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more