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Growths that develop on the inner wall of the large intestine (the colon) are referred to as polyps. Although most polyps are not cancerous, some have the potential to develop into cancer as time passes. Risk factors for this condition include:
  • Being 50 years of age or older
  • A history of tobacco use
  • A family history of colon cancer.
In general, polyps in the colon do not cause symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they may include anal bleeding and blood in the stool. To help prevent or detect colon cancer, these growths are removed and tested to see if they are cancerous.
(Click Colon Polyps to learn more, including the different types of polyps, how healthcare providers test for them, and important points to keep in mind.)
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