Colon polyps are growths in your large intestine (colon). Although
polyps are common in adults, it is not known what causes them.
most colon polyps are non-cancerous, some can become cancerous over
time. As a result, finding and removing polyps is recommended to prevent
Patients with colon polyps usually don't experience any
symptoms. , so you can have them and not know it until a routine
screening for colon cancer (colonoscopy) discovers them. Sometimes large
polyps can cause bleeding or changes in your bowel habits. You should
report prolonged diarrhea, constipation or changes in frequency of
bathroom use to your doctor.
Risk factors for colon polyps include:
- Adults age 50 or older
- Family history
- Genetics—people with a certain inherited gene are much more
likely than others to grow the kind of polyps that turn into colon