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Doctor insights on: Vegetarians Less Prone To Colon Polyps

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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Are colon polyps dangerous?

Eh: Dangerous is a strong term Certain colon polyps are considered precursors to cancer. That is, if not removed, they have potential to become cancer. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

Are there symptoms of colon polyps?

Not typically: On occasion, polyps may infarct, twist on their stalk, bleed, or secrete (villous tumors of the rectum) with resulting "diarrhea." however, most polyps & colon cancers are identified (hopefully) before symptoms develop. Early detection at a smaller polyp size means higher cure rates, lower risk of malignant transformation or invasion, & improved survival before cancer develops. Get a colonoscopy! ...Read more

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Is it common to have colon polyps in your 20's?

Is it common to have colon polyps in your 20's?

Possibly: We don't really know because most people don't get colonoscopies in their 20's. Most people start at age 50 for colon cancer screening. There are some inherited syndromes like Familial Polyposis that predispose someone to polyps, but they are exceedingly rare. The polyp should be biopsied to figure out what type it is, which will be very informative. ...Read more

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Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Can colon polyps cause constipation?

Yes: Although there are many causes of constipation including hypothyroidism, changes in bowel habits should be a case of concern. If a polyp or others mass obstructs the lumen of the bowel, it can cause constipation. To rule out obstructive causes of constipation, a colonoscopy is recommended. ...Read more

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Does multiple skin lipoma mean colon polyps too?

Not linked: No evidence that the two syndromes are linked in any way. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lipoma and no colon polyps?

Yes: A lipoma is a completely benign fatty tumor under the lining of the colon. They are not related to polyps. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between ovarion cysts and colon polyps?

Is there a connection between ovarion cysts and colon polyps?

No: There is no relationship between ovarian cysts and colon polyps, or an increased risk of one over the other. However, both are common enough that they could each occur in the same person. ...Read more

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How long will you have colon polyps before turning to cancer?

How long will you have colon polyps before turning to cancer?

Depends on size: And type of polyp. Some polyps already contain cancer when they are found. Other small polyps may take years to develop into cancers. In general, larger polyps are more dangerous. They should all be removed when found on colonoscopy whenever possible. ...Read more

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I'm african american am I more susceptible to getting colon polyps?

I'm african american am I more susceptible to getting  colon polyps?

Yes: African americans on average get colon cancer at a younger age. The american college of gastroenterology advocates screening colonoscopy starting at the age of 45 as opposed to 50 for the average populaton. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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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


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