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Is it possible to have colorectal cancer without having polyps?

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Amanda Xi
General Practice
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

For a small percentage of colon cancers caused by lynch syndrome (also known as hnpcc - hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer), there is an absence of polyps.

In brief: Possible

For a small percentage of colon cancers caused by lynch syndrome (also known as hnpcc - hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer), there is an absence of polyps.
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Amanda Xi
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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes. Not all cancers arise in polyps, though many do.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Not all cancers arise in polyps, though many do.
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