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Colon Polyps

A colon polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Although most colon polyps are harmless, some can become cancerous over time.

Colon Polyp Symptoms Include:

Usually, colon polyps do not have any symptoms, so regular screenings are recommended in African-Americans age 45 or older and non-African Amercians age 50 and over. If a colon polyp is left untreated and continues to grow, symptoms can include:

  • Bleeding from the rectum/Bloody stool
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased or decreased bowel movements

Diagnosing Colon Polyps:

Colon polyps are diagnosed through any of the following tests:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Computed Tomographic Colonagraphy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Stool analysis

Colon Polyps Treatment Options:

Most colon polyps can be identified and removed during a colonoscopy. In some cases where the colon has grown to a large mass, surgery is needed to remove it from the lining of the colon wall.

If the colon polyp is cancerous, your physician may recommend you begin treatments for colorectal cancer.

 

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