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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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What percentage of lynch syndrome patients develop colon polyps by age 60? Not cancer but just polyps

What percentage of lynch syndrome patients develop colon polyps by age 60? Not cancer but just polyps

Colon ca, not polyps: Lynch syndrome affects a minority of patients, as it is a rare condition that is often inherited (in about 30% of pts). Of these pts, about 70% will develop colon cancer - most of them by age 60. The risk is high. But the syndrome causes NON-polyp colon cancer, not polyps. It usually requires colon removal (colectomy) to reduce risk. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to your gastroenterologist about sym ...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 ?

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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What % of colon polyps removed come back as being pre-cancerous? My brother has colon cancer, my moms polyps were pre-cancerous. My odds of having?

What % of colon polyps removed come back as being pre-cancerous?  My brother has colon cancer, my moms polyps were pre-cancerous.  My odds of having?

Colon polyps : There are genetic tests for all varieties of family colon cancers. You may never have another problem, but you need to find out your relatives' type and get tested by a blood test. Look up other sources of familial colon cancer to do research to understand it better. Do not do nothing..Good luck to all of you. ...Read more

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Mom had 4 colon polyps at 35. I have sudden Fe deficient anemia &need infusions 1x/wk, try to have bm feel like something is in the way. Cancer?

Mom had 4 colon polyps at 35. I have sudden Fe deficient anemia &need infusions 1x/wk, try to have bm feel like something is in the way. Cancer?

Cancer unlikely: Iron deficiency is not uncommon in women due to loss of blood during menstruation. You may try to increase your intake of fiber food, or take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. In either case drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless. 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. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Uncle had 3 colon polyps at 49, mother has never had any but their father had colon cancer at 87.No other colon in extended family.Genetic problem?

Uncle had 3 colon polyps at 49, mother has never had any but their father had colon cancer at 87.No other colon in extended family.Genetic problem?

Not likely: A usual indication of hereditary cancer is getting the disease before 40. Since none of your family members developed colon cancer before that age, it is not likely that you are genetically predisposed to it. Do get a screening colonoscopy at age 50. ...Read more

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4 colon polyps removed, age 31. Leukocytes, Lymphocytes, and Neutrophils high. Waiting for pathology results. Should I be worried? Could it be cancer?

4 colon polyps removed, age 31. Leukocytes, Lymphocytes, and Neutrophils high. Waiting for pathology results. Should I be worried? Could it be cancer?

Congrats!: Congratulations for following your Doctor's suggestion to have a colonoscopy!! The chances are you are AVOIDING CANCER with the EARLY detection of these Polyps!!! Keep up the good healthy habits! ...Read more

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Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan show colon polyps or cancer?

Can an abdominal/pelvic CT scan show colon polyps or cancer?

CT Scan Findings: Ct scan is not the best study to detect colon cancer. Although a ct scan may show a large sized colon cancer, the sensitivity of this is greatly reduced without the administration of oral contrast. The best diagnostic study for colon cancer or polyps is colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colon hemorrhoids (what are they?) and colon polyps?

Polyps are growths: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins around the anus. Polyps are growths that originate in the inner lining of the colon - the mucosa. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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)

Occurs when there is a growth on the lining of the colon (large intestine). Most polyps aren't serious, 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