You inherited a certain gene that causes you to
develop polyps. People with this gene are much more likely than others to get
the kind of polyps that turn into colon cancer.
Doctors usually remove colon
polyps, because some of them can turn into colon cancer. Most polyps are removed
during a colonoscopy. You may need to have surgery if you have a large
After you have had polyps, you have a higher chance of developing new polyps. If you have had polyps removed,
it is important to have follow-up testing to look for more polyps. Talk to your
doctor about how often you need to be tested.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 20, 2013
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