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How do polyps affect your risk of colorectal cancer?

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These growths on the inner wall of the colon or rectum aren’t cancer. They’re fairly common in people over age 50. One type of polyp, called an adenoma, makes colorectal cancer more likely. Adenomas are the first step toward colon and rectal cancer.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)" and "What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum."

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)" and "What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum."

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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