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Colon Polyps

Symptoms Associated With Colon Polyps

Most people with polyps in the colon or rectum experience no symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they may include:

 

 

(See Symptoms of Colon Polyps for more information.)

 

Testing

Talk to your doctor about getting tested for colon polyps if:
 
  • You have symptoms
  • You are 50 years old or older
  • Someone in your family has had polyps or colon cancer.
     

Key Points About Colon Polyps

Things to remember about colon polyps include the following:
 
  • A polyp is a growth that projects from a mucous membrane in the body. Most colon polyps are not harmful.

 

  • Many colon polyps do not cause symptoms.

 

  • When symptoms do develop, they may include such things as constipation or diarrhea for more than a week and blood in the stool.
     
  • Doctors remove all colon polyps they find and test them for cancer.
     
  • Talk to your doctor about getting tested for colon polyps if:

 

    • You have any symptoms
    • You're 50 years old or older
    • Someone in your family has had polyps or colon cancer.

 

 

Polyps in Colon

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