Colorectal Polyps in Denver, CO
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What are colon polyps?
Colorectal polyps, occasionally referred to as colon polyps, are a common condition that patients in Denver, CO can face. The term “colorectal” refers to the colon and the rectum. Multiple health situations which include the colon also include the rectum, which is why they are many times spoken of together. A colorectal polyp is a small clump of cells that form on the lining of the colon in either the colon or the rectum. A colon or rectal polyp is a mass comprised of a mass of cells on the lining of your colon or rectum.
Polyps alone are often harmless and commonly do not cause symptoms; however, colon polyps should be addressed because they can, after a time, grow to be cancerous. To identify colorectal polyps, arrange for a colonoscopy at Colorado Gastroenterology.
What causes colorectal polyps?
Colon polyps present when cells grow or divide more than what is most common. The world of medicine remains unsure as to why this happens, but, there are correlations and risk factors that are common among people who have colon polyps.
Common risk factors for colon and/or polyps include:
- Having a history or family history of colon or rectal polyps
- Tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition
- Type 2 diabetes
- Ulcerative colitis
- Being overweight
- Being over 45 years of age
- “Typical Western diet” (high fat, low fiber)
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Crohn's disease
Inherited genetic conditions can increase the risk of developing colon or rectal polyps. Such conditions may include but are not limited to:
- MYH-associated polyposis (MAP)
- Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
- Lynch syndrome
- Gardner’s syndrome
- Serrated polyposis syndrome
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
Contact the gastrointestinal specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology to schedule a colonscopy to have your polyps addressed.
What are the symptoms of colon polyps?
A number of occurrences of colon polyps do not manifest as symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms, some of the most common symptoms of colon polyps include:
- Shortness of breath
- Diarrhea (lasting for more than a week)
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, are 45 years of age or older, or have a family history of colon cancer or colorectal polyps, contact Colorado Gastroenterology for more information on a colorectal cancer screening.
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Find treatment for colorectal polyps
Colon polyps can be located, excised, and evaluated for cancer while you are undergoing a routine colonoscopy procedure. As a physician-led team of gastrointestinal specialists, Colorado Gastroenterology aspires to provide a personalized patient experience. To hear more about colorectal polyps and how they can be located and excised, we encourage you to get in touch with our gastroenterology practice in Denver, CO today.
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