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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Colon Polyps And Cancer

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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

Occult/hidden: Most of the time there is no visible blood. Testing for bleeding lesions requires testing for occult blood, fecal occult blood test (fbot). There is more than one method. If is recommended that this test be done three times each year on persons over the age of 50, unless they have undergone colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Will colonic polyps turn into colon cancer?

Will colonic polyps turn into colon cancer?

It can happen: At the time of detection, most polyps are not cancerous. Hoever, over time polyps can develop pre-cancer changes in the cells which then become early cancer changes and finally fully developed cancer. It is best to strictly follow your gastroenterologists screenig schedules if you already have had polyps and get regular screeinig colonoscopies done. ...Read more

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How many people have colon polyps and never colon cancer?

Lots!: People have a 20-30% lifetime risk of growing a colon polyp! many never turn to cancer, and frequent checks should prevent most from turning to cancer by getting them out before they change, thus the recommendation for more frequent colonoscopies in those who have grown polyps before. Studies have clearly shown, colonoscopies prevent colon cancer! ...Read more

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If I have colon polyps at age 26, is my risk of developing colon cancer later in life very high?

If I have colon polyps at age 26, is my risk of developing colon cancer later in life very high?

Depends on polyp: Some polyps are not precancerous and thus have no bearing on future development of colon ca. Others are, however, and your doctor should discuss your risk with you depending on what was found. You can relax somewhat, knowing that regular screening has been shown to dramatically lessen your risks of future colon cancer! ...Read more

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I've had uterine cancer when I was younger, am I more likely to get colon polyps?

I've had uterine cancer when I was younger, am I more likely to get colon polyps?

Maybe: A recent study showed that only 4% of women with uterine ca had a colon polyp at the time of their hysterectomy. Colon ca is even less related to cevical cancer. But several families (lynch syndrome) have hereditary colon polyps, uterine cancer, and breast cancer. See a doc if you have this type of family history. And you still need a colonoscopy at age 50, as we are all at risk as we get older. ...Read more

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I had colon polyps removed Almost a year ago and have been taking kombucha could it help prevent colon cancer if taken daily ?

One line answer NO: KOMBUCHA , a fermented fungus tea used as health supplement in varieties of diseses from cancer to HIV etc has no scientific proof . Only one that benefits are the one that sells ,risk outweighs the unproven benefits If you have colon polyp go for scheduled endoscopic removal , get them analyzed & follow your MD s advise. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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