Oncology & Cancer

Q and A: Polyps are possible culprits in colon cancer

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 46 and had my first colonoscopy last month. The doctor said everything looked good, although he removed a few polyps. Can you explain what a colon polyp is and if should I be concerned?


A virtual ruler that estimates the size of colorectal polyps

Colorectal polyps—fleshy growths occurring in the lining of the colon or rectum—are an important risk factor for colorectal cancer. Colonoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure that doctors use to look for colorectal polyps ...

Medical research

Polyps and colorectal cancer risk

Patients with polyps have a higher risk of colorectal cancer, and those with sessile serrated polyps, tubulovillous adenomas, and villous adenomas had a higher colorectal cancer mortality.

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