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What Is A Polyp In The Colon
Flat polyps: Sessile refers to the morphology of the polyp rather than the polyp type. Sessile polyps are more flat than peduculated polyps, which grow from a stalk. Once removed, the polyp is sent to pathology to determine the polyp type (hyperplastic, adenoma, cancer, etc). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Different things: Stomach polyps are rarely precancerous and are seen most commonly in patient who take acid blocking meds regularly. Colon polyps are of different type but most are genetic mutations which can progress over time into cancers. Colon poylps should be removed. Stomach polyps should be biopsied to confirm their type. ...Read more
Intestinal scoping: A gastroscope can easily define and allow for bx of stomach ulcer. In colon, a colonoscope detects polyps and or carcinoma allowing for bx. It appears that colon cancer arises mostly from viral or carcinogen in bowel producing a field effect. If one focus mutates faster into colon Ca it suppresses all other cells which must be detected by IHC or lesion will recur after primary is resected. ...Read more
2 yrs. After a colonoscopy I had another and they found a large polyp in the colon is that unusual? I have colon cancer in my family is that a concern
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abnormal gowths: Neoplasia is a general term to describe abnormal growth pattern, cancer-like, unregulated by normal bodily control systems. Some colon polyps are destined to become cancerous, some are not, so all polyps are usually removed when they are found so we can distinguish the difference under the microscope, not by appearance which can fool you. ...Read more
Some: There are different types of colon polyps. Some will not turn into cancer. But many (adenomatous polyps in particular) have a high likelihood of turning into cancer if not removed. We think that most colon cancers start as polyps. That is why we recommend colonoscopy at age 50. If you have a precancerous polyp, it can be removed before you get cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some grow quickly.: I personally have a family history of colon cancer and had a normal colonoscopy only 2 years before I had a bleeding episode discovered to be from a cancer from a polyp in my cecum. 2 years is a short time to go from no sign of anything to developing a polyp, to having it become a cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colon Polyp: A polyp in the colon is not a disease. A polyp is a growth on the surface of the lining of the colon. Some can lead to cancer and some are benign. They usually do not cause symptoms unless they get big. They are removed at colonoscopy to make sure they are not pre-cancerous. You are more likely to get them if you eat fatty foods, smoke, drink alcohol, don't exercise, or obese. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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