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?

Oncology & Cancer

Gut bacteria might be an indicator of colon cancer risk

A study published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe reported that the increased presence of certain bacteria in a gut biome indicates a greater likelihood that colon polyps will become cancerous.

Oncology & Cancer

Evaluating colonoscopy retroflexion in practice

A colonoscopy maneuver to better detect polyps in the right colon is often poorly preformed in practice, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in BMC Gastroenterology. This finding and other recommendations ...


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 ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What is a nasal polyp and how is it treated?

If you feel like spring allergy season never ends or your colds always turn into sinus infections, you may have the potential to develop nasal polyps.


Recurrence up with incomplete resection of colorectal polyps

(HealthDay)—The risk for future neoplasia and advanced neoplasia is increased in colon segments after incomplete resection of neoplastic polyps, according to a study published online Aug. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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A polyp in zoology is one of two forms found in the phylum Cnidaria, the other being the medusa. Polyps are approximately cylindrical in shape and elongated at the axis of the body. In solitary polyps, the aboral end is attached to the substrate by means of a disc-like holdfast called the pedal disc, while in colonies of polyps it is connected to other polyps, either directly or indirectly. The oral end contains the mouth, and is surrounded by a circlet of tentacles.

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