By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
March 28, 2014
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  
Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue that can be found in any organ that has blood vessels, such as the colon. To help you understand colon polyps in Newport Beach, Dr. Glenn Madokoro offers some helpful information so you can remain “in the know” about important gastrological topics.

What are Colon Polyps?

A colon polyp is a growth on the surface of the colon.  A person can sometimes have more than one polyp, which can be raised or flat. Some colon polyps are benign, which means they are not cancerous, but some may already be cancerous or will become cancerous.  Typically, flat polyps are smaller and harder to see, while they are more likely to be cancerous than raised polyps. With the use of a colonoscopy in Newport Beach, polyps can usually be removed.

So Who Gets Polyps?

Anyone can get colon polyps, but certain people might be more likely to get them than others. You may have a greater change of getting polyps if:
  • You are 50 or older
  • You have had polyps before
  • Someone in your family has had polyps
  • Someone in your family has had colon cancer
  • You’ve had uterine or ovarian cancer before age 50
It is also more likely for you to get colon polyps if you:
  • Eat a lot of fatty foods
  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol
  • Don’t exercise
  • Weigh too much
By visiting Dr. Glenn Madokoro in Newport Beach, your polyps can be examined and removed.  Dr. Madokoro will work with you to create an appropriate treatment plan for treating your polyps in Newport Beach.