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How do polyps in the colon relate to colon cancer?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

85 percent of colon cancers arise from colon polyps.
As polyps grow, they can transform into colon cancer. Not all polyps are precancerous and not all precancerous polyps become colon cancers.

In brief: Yes

85 percent of colon cancers arise from colon polyps.
As polyps grow, they can transform into colon cancer. Not all polyps are precancerous and not all precancerous polyps become colon cancers.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Scott Maron
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Colon cancer starts out as polyps.
It could take seven or more years for a polyp to become cancer---most never do. Screening colonoscopies can detect and remove polyps before they may become cancerous.

In brief: Yes

Colon cancer starts out as polyps.
It could take seven or more years for a polyp to become cancer---most never do. Screening colonoscopies can detect and remove polyps before they may become cancerous.
Dr. Scott Maron
Dr. Scott Maron
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

All colon cancers come from colon polyps, and the development of cancer within a polyp can take several years.
Removing these polyps thereby removes the chance of getting colon cancer. This is why colonoscopies are so useful.

In brief: Yes

All colon cancers come from colon polyps, and the development of cancer within a polyp can take several years.
Removing these polyps thereby removes the chance of getting colon cancer. This is why colonoscopies are so useful.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Some types of polyps can grow into colon cancer.
Hyperplastic polyps, which look like polyps, but are just lumps of normal tissue do not grow into cancer. Some polyps have a greater risk of becoming cancer, and the more polyps a person has the greater the risk.

In brief: Yes

Some types of polyps can grow into colon cancer.
Hyperplastic polyps, which look like polyps, but are just lumps of normal tissue do not grow into cancer. Some polyps have a greater risk of becoming cancer, and the more polyps a person has the greater the risk.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Don W Hodson
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Polyps in the colon can be considered a precancerous condition.
Most colon polyps are benign but some have the potential to progress to cancer and should be removed. The best way to discover and remove these polyps is colonoscopy.

In brief: Yes

Polyps in the colon can be considered a precancerous condition.
Most colon polyps are benign but some have the potential to progress to cancer and should be removed. The best way to discover and remove these polyps is colonoscopy.
Dr. Don W Hodson
Dr. Don W Hodson
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