Most colon polyps are noncancerous. So why should you care about these small growths? Because some polyps do evolve into colon cancer. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York, with locations in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx, specialize in the care of your digestive system, including early diagnosis and treatment for colon polyps. You can rely on these experts to provide state-of-the-art medical care that’s focused on your health, comfort, and overall well-being. Schedule an appointment today at Triborough GI. Call one of the offices or book your visit online.
A colon polyp starts as a small cluster of cells that form a growth on the inner lining of the colon. Colon polyps are relatively common, and most of these growths are harmless. Over time, however, some colon polyps can develop into colon cancer. Generally, the larger the polyp the greater your risk of developing colon cancer.
Anyone can develop colon polyps, but there are a few issues that increase your risk, including:
Other factors that may increase your risk of colon polyps and/or colon cancer include Type 2 diabetes that’s not well-controlled and hereditary conditions such as Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome produces few polyps, but those that do develop can quickly become cancerous.
Because colon polyps typically don’t cause symptoms until they’ve evolved into cancer, it’s generally advised that you have routine screening according to your age and risk factors.
The American Cancer Society recommends everyone begin routine colon polyp/cancer screening by age 45, sooner if you have a history of:
The most widely recommended screening tool for colon polyps is the colonoscopy. This diagnostic study provides your Triborough GI specialist with a real-time view of your entire inner colon.
Performed via a special camera (scope) attached to a small, flexible tube that’s inserted into your colon through the rectum, the study is painless, but can feel awkward and uncomfortable. You can expect to be conscious but sedated to help you relax throughout the study.
Your doctor can remove most polyps during a colonoscopy with a polypectomy. Larger polyps, or those that are encroaching on healthy colon tissue, may require further surgical treatment.
Take care of your colon health. Schedule a visit at Triborough GI today. Call the office closest to you or book your appointment online.