Colon polyps are diagnosed and treated by the GI Division of Premier Medical Group.
What are colon polyps?
A colon polyp is a small clump of cells that form on the lining of the colon, also called the large intestine. Colon polyps can be flat or raised and rarely cause symptoms. A person can have more than one colon polyp. Most polyps are harmless, but some can become cancerous over time. A colon polyp is generally found during a colonoscopy screening, and if found in the early stages frequently can be removed completely and safely. Anyone can develop polyps, but people 50 or older, overweight, smokers, or those with family history of cancers are at a higher risk.
1 in 15 Americans will develop colon cancer by the time they are 65 and since colon cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death, and most colon cancers develop from a polyp, it is imperative to be screened and have the polyps removed.