Colon polyps are common growths on the inside of the large intestine (the colon). There are many different types of colon polyps, and some types may eventually develop into colon cancers. Screening for colon cancer can involve identification and removal of colon polyps before they become cancerous. Not all colon polyps will eventually become cancers.
Colon polyps, particularly if they are small, may not produce any signs or symptoms for years. In fact, in most cases there are no associated symptoms or signs that signify that colon polyps are present. If colon polyps do cause any symptoms, these could include blood in the stool or rectal bleeding.
Cause of colon polyps
Doctors believe gene mutations cause colon polyps, and they may grow very slowly for years.
Other colon polyps symptoms and signs
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