Although they don’t always indicate cancer, it’s important to know the facts about colon polyps. Developing in the large intestine, colon polyps are flat or raised growths that can appear in all sizes.
Even though most polyps are not cancerous, they still form due to abnormal cell growth in the colon and rectum. There are three main types of colon polyps: adenomatous, hyperplastic and inflammatory. If undetected, adenomatous polyps could become cancerous. Inflammatory polyps are rarely cancerous, but they pose a significant risk because of their relation to diseases like Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Colon polyps rarely exhibit symptoms, which is why many of them go undetected. If you notice a change in bowel habits or rectal bleeding, it could potentially be a sign of polyps. To know definitively, make an appointment with your doctor and find out what’s causing your digestive troubles.