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Are colon polyps cancerous?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Anuj Sonawala
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Certain ones are
There are different types of colon polyps.
Tubular adenomas, tubulovillous adenomas, villous adenomas, serrated adenomas and sessile serrated adenomas can progress to malignancy. Hyperplastic polyps, inflammatory polyps, mucosal prolapse polyps and hamartomatous polyps do not have any malignant potential. Villous polyps and adenomas over 1 cm have highest chance of progression to malignancy

In brief: Certain ones are
There are different types of colon polyps.
Tubular adenomas, tubulovillous adenomas, villous adenomas, serrated adenomas and sessile serrated adenomas can progress to malignancy. Hyperplastic polyps, inflammatory polyps, mucosal prolapse polyps and hamartomatous polyps do not have any malignant potential. Villous polyps and adenomas over 1 cm have highest chance of progression to malignancy
Dr. Anuj Sonawala
Dr. Anuj Sonawala
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
Colon polyps may, on occasion, contain cancers.
That is why we are screened by colonoscopy, and polyps are removed during colonoscopy.

In brief: Maybe
Colon polyps may, on occasion, contain cancers.
That is why we are screened by colonoscopy, and polyps are removed during colonoscopy.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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