What Are Colon Polyps?
Colon polyps occur on the lining of the colon and rectum. It is possible to have one or many colonic polyps.
Do Colon Polyps Become Cancerous?
Some polyps can become cancerous. Polyp removal can reduce the chance of developing Colon cancer, one of the most common causes of death from cancer.
How Likely Is It to Develop Colon Polyps?
Family history of polyps, colorectal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, increase the risk of polyps although everyone has a chance of developing them. Cigarette smoking and obesity are also risk factors.
When Should I Start Screening for Colon Polyps?
Screening is testing for a disease before symptoms develop. Removing polyps can help prevent colorectal cancer. It is recommended that screening for colon and rectal cancer begin at age 50 in healthy individuals without risk factors.
For higher-risk patients, screening at an earlier age is recommended. High-risk patients may also need to be screened more often.
What Are the Symptoms of Colon Polyps?
Whereas most people will experience no symptoms from polyps, they may cause bleeding from the rectum. You may see blood in your underwear or toilet paper when wipes after a bowel movement. Blood may appear as black tarry stools. It may also show up as red streaks in your stool. Bleeding from colon polyps can lead to anemia. If you have bleeding in your stool, you should contact us immediately at 281-746-9284.
What Causes Colon Polyps?
It is unclear exactly what causes colon polyps. However, research suggests certain factors such as family history and age may contribute to their development.