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Healthy Advice Gastroenterologist

Q:I recently had a colonoscopy and had several polyps removed, although my doctor said I was fine. Are all polyps early cancer?

 

 

A: No, must polyps are not cancers. Polyps are small growths in the lining of the colon and most are benign. They usually are flesh colored and can range in size from a pea to a grape. If allowed to grow larger over many years, genetic changes will occur within the polyp that will eventually allow it to turn into a cancer. If the polyp is removed during a colonoscopy while it is still small, it will never be allowed the chance to become cancerous.