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Understanding The Causes of Colon Polyps

Understanding The Causes of Colon Polyps

Although they don't always indicate cancer, it's important to know the facts about colon polyps. Developing in the large intestine, colon polyps are flat or raised growths that can appear in all sizes.

Even though most polyps are not cancerous, they still form due to abnormal cell growth in the colon and rectum. There are three main types of colon polyps: adenomatous, hyperplastic and inflammatory. If undetected, adenomatous polyps could become cancerous. Inflammatory polyps are rarely cancerous, but they pose a significant risk because of their relation to diseases like Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Colon polyps rarely cause symptoms, which is why many of them go unnoticed. If you're over 50 or have a family history of colon polyps, it might be time to see your doctor. Making a colonoscopy appointment will help you determine what's causing your colon troubles.

posted on December 30, 2013 in news