Colonic Polyps

What are Colonic polyps?

Colonic polyps are growths that arise from the lining of the large intestine (colon).

Polyps usually grow slowly and typically cause minimal or no symptoms when they are small. But some polyps may turn into colon cancer.

Who is at risk of having Colonic Polyps?

Colonic polyps can occur in anyone, but some factors increase the risk, including:

  • Age – they are more common over 50 years
  • A family or personal history of  having had polyps
  • A family history of bowel cancer
Are all Polyps cancerous?

No, most polyps are benign (not cancer). Many people develop polyps as they age. However, Polyps may carry a risk of becoming cancerous.

How are Polyps detected?

Most polyps are detected either during a colonoscopy or if they grow so large that they cause issues with bowel function, bloating or discomfort, or rectal bleeding.

What happens if Polyps are found during a Colonoscopy?

They will usually be removed during the colonoscopy, and examined under a microscope.

What is a Colonoscopic Polypectomy?

A Colonoscopic Polypectomy is where the polyp is removed without open surgery. A number of techniques can be used to make removal of polyps, even large ones, safe and effective. Even in areas where the bowel wall might be very thin.



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