What Are The Causes Of Colon Polyps?

A colon polyp is a small growth of a clump of cells in the large intestine or rectum. Most colon polyps are considered harmless, but some can develop into colorectal cancer, so getting a screening is required to help prevent it. You may be at higher risk of developing colon polyps or colorectal cancer if you have a family history of the same.

Regular screening tests can help identify the early stages of colon polyps, which are usually safely removed during the early stages. Colon polyps do not always cause symptoms, so if you want to schedule a screening test, contact an expert for polyps Mineola today.

What are the causes of colon polyps?

People develop colon polyps (most likely) if they are over the age of 45, have family histories of colon polyps or colon cancer, or have been diagnosed with colon polyps in the past.

Although people of all ethnicities are at risk, being of African-American ethnicity is especially a factor in developing colon polyps. Some factors that can increase the risk of contracting this medical condition include:

  1. Eating excessive red meat and processed foods
  2. Smoking
  3. Consuming an excess amount of alcohol
  4. Not being active (no exercise)
  5. Being overweight

Eating fiber-rich foods and adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can help lower your risk of developing the condition. Avoid eating excessive processed, fried foods and red meat as these are high-fat foods.

Some symptoms of colon polyps

Most colon polyps do not have symptoms, so it is hard to tell if you have them without a screening test, but some common symptoms do occur sometimes, like:

  • Abdominal pain, this symptom rarely occurs.
  • Changes in your bowel pattern
  • Blood in your stool
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss

How to get a diagnosis

There are different ways of looking for colon polyps, including:

  • Colonoscopy: A small, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum to look for polyps. The tube has a camera that shows the inside of your rectum on a screen and removes polyps if found.
  • CT Scan: This radiology test uses radiation to create pictures of the colon.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: This test is similar to a colonoscopy and uses the same method but examines just the last third of the large intestine, called the sigmoid colon.
  • Stool tests: Your stool sample is examined in the lab for blood and stool DNA to find proof of colon polyps or cancer. If the results are positive, you will be instructed to get a colonoscopy afterward.

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