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What is the difference between a colon polyp and a colon lesion?

What is the difference between a colon polyp and a colon lesion?

Small: A colon polyp is usually benign and on a stalk. A lesion implies a growth in the colon such as a tumor. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What is the difference between a benign colon polyp and an adenomatous colon polyp?

Sort of the same: An adenomatous polyp is not cancer so by definition is "benign" although it harbors the potential of becoming malignant with time. Not all benign polyps are adenomatous. Some are just plain polyps with little or no malignant potential. So, adenomatous polyps are benign but not all benign polyps are adenomatous. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colonic polyps and adenomatous polyps?

Interchangable terms: Colon polyps is a more general term referring to location (the colon). You can have polyps anywhere in the GI tract. An adenoma refers to a specific type of cell type. Specifically, glandular tissue. Importantly, adenomatous polyps have the possibility of progressing to a cancer, and can be thought of as precancerous removing the entire polyp can go a long way to decreasing progression to cancer. ...Read more

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How quickly can a colon polyp grow?

How quickly can a colon polyp grow?

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 more

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What is a adenomatous colon polyp.?

What is a adenomatous colon polyp.?

Pre-cancerous: As opposed to a hyperplastic polyp, an adenomatous polyp is the type of growth in your colon that can become cancerous over time. Variants such as villous or tubulo-villous adenomas may also describe this type of polyp. If you have these removed at colonoscopy, you will require surveillance on a regular basis. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a colon polyp to become cancerous?

How long does it take for a colon polyp to become cancerous?

Varies: Some colon polyps are cancer from the start and others are precancerous and if not removed can become malignant. All polyps found at colonoscopy should be removed and you should have reasonable follow up colonoscopies for recurrences of polyps at a reasonable interval. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried about having a adenomatous colon polyp?

Have it removed...: You should have these removed. If totally removed and no evidence of cancer, no need to further worry about that polyp. Left alone, a percentage could grow into cancer over time, so best to remove. You should then be followed as per your doctor's and acs guidelines. ...Read more

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Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Docs, could a large colon polyp mean colon cancer?

Not really: Not really the size of the polyp does not determined if it is cancer or not of course large polyp can do more damage and depend on location can cause obstruction and bleeding the histology of the polyp determined if it is malignant or pre malignant. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a colon polyp?

What sort of disease is a colon polyp?

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 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


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