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How Common Are Colon Polyps?

How your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, can help with colon issues

Many people would rather not talk about colon issues, but it is an important topic. One of the more frequent issues affecting the colon is polyps. If you are dealing with this issue, Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, can help!


More about Polyps

Polyps are more common than people realize, and the older you get, the more susceptible you are to their formation. The average person who is 60 years old has a 25% chance of developing a colon polyp. Formation of polyps may be related to having a high fat and low fiber diet, and there may also be a genetic component.

Although hyperplastic polyps are non-cancerous, adenomas, another type of polyp, can be an early sign of colon cancer. Polyps need to be removed for biopsy to determine whether they are benign (non-cancerous) or potentially an early sign of cancer.

Because you become more susceptible to colon polyps as you get older, a colon cancer screening via colonoscopy is recommended by the time you reach 50 years old. During the colonoscopy procedure, polyps and other abnormal tissue can be identified and removed for later biopsy.

You should schedule a colonoscopy if you have a family history of colon polyps or colorectal cancer. There are also several other indications that a colonoscopy could be beneficial for you. Contact your gastroenterologist if you are experiencing:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Dark stools, which could indicate blood in your stool


Concerned? Give Us a Call Today!

Both colon polyps and colon cancer are common conditions, which is why colon cancer screening and colonoscopies are critical to your continuing good health. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

Early diagnosis is critical as it leads to more effective treatment and a better outcome for you. Call Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro in Newport Beach, CA, today at (949) 548-8800 to protect your health!

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