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What are polyps, and why are they removed?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Benign growths

Polyps are benign growths, however they can sometimes mutate into cancer, and for that reason they are removed.

In brief: Benign growths

Polyps are benign growths, however they can sometimes mutate into cancer, and for that reason they are removed.
Dr. James Okamoto
Dr. James Okamoto
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Dr. Larry Eastburn
There are different types of polyps in the bowel with some having a higher percentage of mutation into cancer.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Growths, prevent CA

Growths on lining of organs, stomach, uterus, commonly colon.
Most are not cancers, but most cancers in colon come from polyps that grow over time, and develop into cancers. Best way to check is with colonoscopy to detect and remove polyps, before they can turn into cancer. Other tests e.g. "virtual colonoscopy" available as well, but don't allow for removal. Abnormality seen, need colonoscopy.

In brief: Growths, prevent CA

Growths on lining of organs, stomach, uterus, commonly colon.
Most are not cancers, but most cancers in colon come from polyps that grow over time, and develop into cancers. Best way to check is with colonoscopy to detect and remove polyps, before they can turn into cancer. Other tests e.g. "virtual colonoscopy" available as well, but don't allow for removal. Abnormality seen, need colonoscopy.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Deborah Josefson
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: To check for tumors

Polyps are tissue growths that stick up from the surface of the mucosa.
There are different types of polyps. Some are benign and some may serve as precursors to tumors.Colorectal polyps are detected in colonoscopy. Adenomatous polyps are cancer precursors and their removal prevents the progression of those polyps to cancer.

In brief: To check for tumors

Polyps are tissue growths that stick up from the surface of the mucosa.
There are different types of polyps. Some are benign and some may serve as precursors to tumors.Colorectal polyps are detected in colonoscopy. Adenomatous polyps are cancer precursors and their removal prevents the progression of those polyps to cancer.
Dr. Deborah Josefson
Dr. Deborah Josefson
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