Colon Polyps and Cancer Prevention
Colon Polyps are the growth of tissue that appears on the surface of the colon, also known as the large intestine. There are three types of Colon Polyps including Hyperplastic Polyps that do not develop into cancer, Adenomatous Polyps that may become cancerous and Malignant Polyps that contain cancerous cells. The larger the polyp the more likely it will become cancerous.
In most cases, Colon Polyps do not cause symptoms, which is why it is important to be screened for colon cancer when your doctor recommends it. During a cancer screening colonoscopy, your doctor can identify any polyps present and, in most cases, remove the polyps at that time.
It is recommended that colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50 and continue every 10 years when no cancer is detected and no risk factors are prevalent.
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