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20 mm polyp removed during colonoscopy. Likelihood of cancer. Family history of colon cancer.

20 mm polyp removed during colonoscopy. Likelihood of cancer. Family history of colon cancer.

Need more: Information. The type of polyp.who in your family has colon CA, the age of diagnosis and your age ...Read more

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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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Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Does having gallbladder removed increase risk of colon cancer? Or  does gallbladder removal cause colon cancer?

Gallbladder: No not at all if you need your gallbladder out then do it because the risk of gallbladder disease far far outweighs any slight theoretical risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Does colonoscopy prevent colon cancer?

Likely: Cancers start as polyps. Removing polyps decreases cancer risk, but no test guarantees finding every polyp. ...Read more

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Can liver cancer be detected during gallbladder removal?

Can liver cancer be detected during gallbladder removal?

Frequently: If a well defined lesion primry to liver such as hepatoma or a unsuspected metastasis be present, in an open GB procedure where porta hepatis is examined and the surface of the liver palpated at the time of surgery a lesion that is present is frequently noted. Biopsy followed by resection along with the GB can help improve survival. ...Read more

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3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

3-5mm Sessile polyp removed from descending colon during colonoscopy. What are the odds it's a hyperplastic polyp? Should I be concerned?

Wait for pathology : Your Gastroenterologist will have sent the polyp to a pathologist for study. I'm sure his office will call you to let you know the results. (S)he will advise you what to do next. ...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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What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

What % can colon cancer return with ulcerative colitis after cancer tumor is removed from that part of colon ?

High risk of cancer: Recurrence risk given cancer is a function of the stage of cancer when diagnosed, independent of uc. However, uc patients have an approximately 1% per year risk of new cancer appearing. Because of this high risk, total colectomy has been the standard of care for uc. If you have any colon left, it should be examined and biopsied periodically looking for dysplasia, the precursor of cancerous change. ...Read more

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39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will i get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

39y/o, had 2 polpys removed (sigmond & descending, villous adenoma w/high grade dysplasia). Will i get colon cancer even though 2 polyps were removed?

Not sure if: Family history or leeding led to your colonoscopy, but it showed its value. You are not predestined to get invasive cancer, but the findings warrant follow up to snip dangerous polyps before they invade, and gain access to nodes and blood steam. Your colonoscopist can tell you schedule for surveillance. ...Read more

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Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more

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Had bleeding after menapause. Found polypxs after office procedure to look into uterus with camera. Couldnt reach polyp to remove. Scedule surgery to ?

Had bleeding after menapause. Found polypxs after office procedure to look into uterus with camera. Couldnt reach polyp to remove. Scedule surgery to ?

Yes: Sadly, if a lesion like a polyp is found, it should be removed. Very rarely a cancer can be inside the polyp and it's important to remove any lesion in the uterus in event had cancerous elements. Almost always polyps are benign, so don't worry too much! ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy detect anal cancer?

Do not need: colonoscopy. Anal cancer can be detected by digital (finger) examination and a proctoscope. ...Read more

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Are cervical polyps always removed and biopsied during d&c's?

Are cervical polyps always removed and biopsied during d&c's?

Yes: Nearly always if the physician knows there are polyps there she/he will remove them during a d;c. If doctor knows there is only one polyp, then d;c is sufficient. If there may be multiple polyps then a hysteroscopy, d;c might be preferable. But a polyp can always contain small amount of cancer cells so doctors typically always like to remove them and send to pathology to examine microscopically. ...Read more

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Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain ?

Chance of developing colon cancer 20 months after colonoscopy removal 5mm polyp removed. Having ct scan with and without contrast for left quad pain
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See below: If the colonoscopy was done properly, you are very unlikely to have colon cancer 20 months after the procedure. 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. ...Read more

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4m high grade dysplasia bowel polyp. Biopsies after colonoscopy clear. How high are the chances of cancer?

The good news is: You caught it early and it is removed before it turned cancerous . You need follow up colonoscopy as per your gastroenterologist . As to this particular lesion , it is precancerous but not a cancer yet . You are one of the luckiest people colonoscopy brought to the medical field. Good luck. ...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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20 mm polyp removed during colonoscopy. Likelihood of cancer. Family history of colon cancer.

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What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

What happens if they find cancer mass while doing colonoscopy? Will they remove it immediately?

It depends: If the lesion appears large and involved within deeper layers, it will likely need to be removed surgically. If it is more confined and polyp-like, it will probably be removed during colonoscopy. as we can't determine if it is cancerous until we remove it and have a pathologist look at it. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Had a colonoscopy at 42 & polyps, 2 were removed, no cancer. I am 52 so do I need to get another since it's been 10yrs, like soon? Having no problems.

Colonoscopy/Polyps: If you had a colonoscopy 10 years ago and you did have colon polyps then, you should have another surveillance colonoscopy even though you are without symptoms. Colorectal cancer is a silent disease. You might not have any symptoms however, once you started noticed symptoms, it might be too far advance, which is why we have surveillance program and preventive measures. ...Read more

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Do all colon cancers start as a polyp than can be found and removed on colonoscopy, or do some not have a "polyp stage"?

Do all colon cancers start as a polyp than can be found and removed on colonoscopy, or do some not have a "polyp stage"?

Not all colon cancer: Approximately 85% of colon cancers do start as polyps. The other 15 percent occur in cases of chronic inflammation. Cancer can develop in patients with ulcerative colitis with no polyp stage. The chronic inflammation itself can be a precancerous state. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy showed adenocarcinoma in situ from the 1.3 cm polyp that was removed ,What does that mean ? Do I have cancer? What should I do next ?

Colonoscopy showed adenocarcinoma in situ from the 1.3 cm polyp that was removed ,What does that mean ? Do I have cancer? What should I do next ?

Your doctor can help: The doctor who did your colonoscopy is supposed to see you after the polyp biopsy report has reached him. He/she can explain what you need to do now and in future. You have beginning of a cancer which has been removed right now. But follow up Colonoscopy should be done at the recommended intervals(at least every 5 years) to look for new polyps which are likely to develop /can lead to new cancer. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

What's your question: This sounds like diverticulitis. There is a possibility of inflammation in the colon from the biopsies but this is uncommon and diverticulitis is common. You should see your doctor back to see if you need antibiotics or further investigation of the pelvis. ...Read more

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Do all polyps need to be removed in colonoscopy to avoid colon cancer?

Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more

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I'm 36 and had a 5mm sessile adenoma removed from my cecum. How often should I get a colonoscopy now and is this adenoma of high risk for cancer?

I'm 36 and had a 5mm sessile adenoma removed from my cecum. How often should I get a colonoscopy now and is this adenoma of high risk for cancer?

5 years: It is some thing you should discuss with your GI doctor. In general getting a repeat colonoscopy in 5 years is safe. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/moreinformation/colonandrectumcancerearlydetection/colorectal-cancer-early-detection-acs-recommendations ...Read more

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How can you diagnose nonpolyposis colorectal cancer discovered if there are no polyps to detect during sigmoi/colonoscopy?

How can you diagnose nonpolyposis colorectal cancer discovered if there are no polyps to detect during sigmoi/colonoscopy?

See below: Nonpolyposis cancer is an hereditary cancer. If your family has this then you need colonoscopies frequenstly i would have them evey 1-2 years because if and when you get a polyp it will then become a cancer. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?

How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?

Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read more

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I am 28.Had a colonoscopy and the doctor removed an 8mm polyp.The doctor said it was NOT an adenoma, but it was a sessile polyp. Is this pre cancer?

I am 28.Had a colonoscopy and the doctor removed an 8mm polyp.The doctor said it was NOT an adenoma, but it was a sessile polyp. Is this pre cancer?

Yes: Current concept even though all adenomas are benign if left alone may transform to malignancy over the time , so they are pre-cancerous , must be removed and need colonoscopy surveillance more frequently than normal population , just don't worry see your doctor on regular basis and under go procedure if advised. ...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