Is it unusual for children under the age of 5 to have colon polyps?

Possibly. Some children under the age of 18 will have hamartomas which are not true polyps, however they can cause obstruction, prolapse and bleeding. If there is a familial polyposis syndrome polyps may be found in teenagers.
Occasionally seen. Nationwide children's hospital's website says colon polyps occur in 1-2% of children. More than 95% of the polyps in children are hamartomas, or juvenile polyps. These are typically found in 2 to 6 year old children but can be found in younger and older children up to about 10 years of age. Most juvenile polyps in children are single hamartomas and have a very low risk of long-term problems.

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Is it common to have colon polyps at age 15?

Not common! Not common, but can have different types of colon polyps. Most common would be juvenile polyp. But cases with family history of familial polyposis will have higher incidence of adenomatous polyps (tubular adenoma). In addition there are other rare types with various syndromes. For more scientific info visit- http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2657698/.

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!

Are colonic polyps common in children?

Yes/No. Adenomas which are dysplatic polyps that increase the risk for colorectal cancer are not commonly found in children. However wit peutz-jeghers syndrome and juvenile polyposis, children may have colon polyps with cancer risks. Isolated juvenile polyps (hamartomas) of the colon are common (occurring in 1 to 2 percent of children), usually solitary, and are no risk for cancer.
Not common but occur. Colon polyps are not common in children but do occur on occasion. These polyps are generally juvenile type polyps which are not generally malignant or pre-malignant. They frequently present with bleeding or obstructive type symptoms and can generally be removed during colonoscopy. Rarely, especially with familial polyposis syndromes, precancerous polyps can occur in children.