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Colon Polyps - Home Treatment

No home treatment is done for colon polyps. See Treatment Overview for more information.

But you can take action that may prevent colon polyps:

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Inside your abdominal cavity is the long, tubular digestive tract. The second part of this tube -- the large intestine -- is composed of the colon, which stretches 4 feet to 6 feet, and the rectum, which is only 4 inches to 6 inches long. The inner lining of this "colorectal tube" can be a fertile breeding ground for small tumors, called polyps (Figure 1). About a quarter of all adults in the U.S. older than age 50 will have at least one colorectal polyp. Most colorectal cancers develop from polyps...

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  • Stay at a healthy body weight.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Use alcohol in moderation. Moderate alcohol use usually is defined as 1 alcoholic beverage a day for women and 2 for men.

Experts are not yet certain that these approaches prevent colon polyps or colorectal cancer.

These self-care methods should not be a substitute for regular colorectal screening, especially if you are older than 50 or are at increased risk for colon polyps or colon cancer. While these approaches may decrease your risk for colon polyps, they will not prevent you from ever having colon polyps.

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Last Updated: August 20, 2013
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