Colon Polyps

Colon Polyps are growths in your colon (large intestine). Polyps don't usually cause symptoms so you may not know that you have them; that is why it is important to have a screening colonoscopy by your doctor. Over time, if left untreated, polyps can turn into colon cancer. If polyps become large, you may have bleeding or a change in bowel habits. Most polyps can be safely removed during a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on their location and size. Once removed, they go to a laboratory for analysis and your physician will inform you if there is any cause of concern. If you have polyps removed, your physician will advise you on when to have a repeat colonoscopy. Screening colonoscopies should start at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history of colon polyps or cancer, or other risk factors.