Colonic Polyps Treatment

In most cases, the doctor removes colon polyps during sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.  The polyps are then tested for cancer.  If you have had colon polyps, the doctor will want you to get tested regularly in the future.

How can I prevent colon polyps?

Doctors do not know of one sure way to prevent colon polyps.  But you might be able to lower your risk of getting them if you;

Eating more calcium may also lower your risk of getting polyps.  Some foods that are rich in calcium are milk, cheese, yogurt and broccoli.

Taking a low dose Aspirin every day might help prevent polyps.  Talk with your doctor before starting any medication. 

Points to remember

  • A colon polyp is a growth on the surface of the colon, also called the large intestine.
  • Colon polyps can be raised or flat.
  • Some colon polyps are benign, which means they are not cancer.
  • Some types of polyps may already be cancer or can become cancer.  Flat polyps can be smaller and harder to see and are more likely to be cancer than raised polyps.
  • Most people with colon polyps do not have symptoms.
  • Symptoms may include constipation or diahorrea for more than a week or blood on your underwear, on toilet paper or in your stool.
  • Doctors remove most colon polyps and test them for cancer.
  • Talk with your doctor about getting tested for colon polyps if you are 50 years of age or older or earlier if you have symptoms or someone in your family has had polyps or colon cancer.  
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