Posts for tag: Polyps

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
November 07, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are small tissue growths that usually appear in the lining of the colon (large intestine), but can also develop in other parts of the polypbody, as well. While polyps are usually benign (non-cancerous), they can also be an early warning sign of colon cancer if detected during an endoscopic procedure known as a colonoscopy. Read on to learn more, and contact Dr. Glenn Madokoro, your gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, if it's time for you to schedule a colonoscopy


Colonoscopy and Polyp Detection in Newport Beach, CA

Polyps don't cause symptoms, so you will not be able to tell if you have them without an exam. In general, the American Cancer Society recommends that people begin screenings for colon cancer at age 50, as the risk for colorectal cancers tends to increase with age. However, some people may have to begin screenings earlier than that depending on their personal/family history and risky lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.


How GI Doctors Screen for Polyps

There are several tests available depending on your situation and medical history. For instance, a sample of your stool may be tested for blood, or diagnostic imaging test may be administered. Some of these include:

  • CT scan
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy

Polyps are usually small and asymptomatic, but you should let your doctor know right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained changes in bowel movements
  • Blood in your stool
  • Abdominal cramping (larger polyps can create blocks in the colon)
  • Unexplained weight loss or anemia

Other factors that may increase the risk of colon polyps include underlying health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and inflammatory bowel syndrome.


Find a Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA

For more information about polyps and to discuss your colon cancer risk and screening needs, contact our office today by dialing (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
February 01, 2019
Category: Gastro Conditions
Tags: 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!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
July 17, 2018
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are non-cancerous (benign) growths usually found in the lining of the colon. Although they are typically harmless and do not alwayspolyps cause symptoms, colon polyps can sometimes become cancerous, especially if you have a family history or other risk factors for colon cancer. Dr. Glenn Madokoro, a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, offers colonoscopy screenings for polyp and colon cancer detection.

Polyp Detection and Treatment in Newport Beach, CA

A polyp is a cluster of excess cells that form in the colon or rectum. Anyone can develop polyps and they tend to become more common with age, but some people are at greater risk, and they can develop in younger people as well. In some cases, polyps may cause noticeable symptoms, including:

  • Pain or abdominal cramps if the polyp is large enough to cause a blockage or obstruction in the bowel
  • Bleeding from the rectum (there are several factors that can cause bleeding, ranging from hemorrhoids to colon cancer. If you experience persistent and ongoing bleeding with bowel movements, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist as soon as possible)
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation/unexplained changes in bowel movements lasting longer than a week

Polyp Causes and Risk Factors

You may be more likely to develop colon polyps under the following circumstances:

  • Are over age 50
  • Have a family history of polyps or colon cancer
  • A sedentary lifestyle low or absence of physical activity and regular exercise
  • Obesity/being overweight
  • Diets high in red and processed meats
  • If you have diabetes, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Tobacco use

The American Cancer Society recommends that healthy adults begin routine colon cancer screenings by age 50, but individuals with known risk factors may need to begin screenings earlier. Polyps are usually diagnosed through a colonoscopy or a procedure known as a flexible sigmoidoscopy, or through a stool test. If polyps are detected, they are often removed by a polypectomy (tissue is removed with forceps) or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise are also recommended to help maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of polyps and other health problems.

Find a Gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA

To learn more about polyp detection and treatment, contact our office by calling (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Madokoro today.

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
November 08, 2017
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Are you suffering from polyps?polyps

Dr. Glenn Madokoro, your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, is an expert when it comes to detecting polyps so if you're in need of a colonoscopy, here are some things you may want to know beforehand.

What are polyps?

Polyps are a noncancerous growth that can be found in the lining of the bowel. They occur in your gastrointestinal tract but are found most commonly in the colon. Polyps vary in size and look like bumps or mushrooms protruding from the bowel.

Screening methods are important and necessary to detect polyps. Your Newport Beach gastroenterologist may recommend a colonoscopy to detect these polyps so that he can remove them.

What causes them?

Polyps are common among adults who are estimated to be an average of 60 years old. The cause of polyps is unknown, but experts think it may be due to a high-fat and low-fiber diet, or genetics.

What types of polyps are there?

There are two common types of polyps:

  • The hyperplastic polyp, which isn't a cancer risk.
  • The adenoma is thought to be the origin of many colon cancers.

How often do I need a colonoscopy?

Cleaning the surface of your colon is important. Your next colonoscopy will be set by your doctor, but the timing he sets will depend on the following factors:

  • The number of polyps and the size of the polyps. If they are small, then your doctor will schedule repeating a colonoscopy in three to five years. If, however, they are large and flat, then your doctor may recommend you repeat the colonoscopy in a few months.
  • The type and quality of the polyps' tissue

For more information on polyps, colonoscopies and how to remove polyps, you need to contact your Newport Beach, CA, doctor, Dr. Glenn Madokoro, at (949) 548-8800 today!

By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
October 29, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Polyps are a small cluster of cells that grow on the lining of the colon. Most polyps tend to be harmless, and generally don’t cause noticeable symptoms. However, some polyps can eventually grow and develop into colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third most cancercommon form of cancer in men and women in the United States. When diagnosed and treated early, colon cancer can be treatable. Dr. Glenn D. Madokoro, a gastroenterologist in Newport Beach, CA, recommends that people become familiar with their individual risk factors and predisposition to developing polyps, and to undergo colonoscopy screenings to detect abnormal cell growth in the large intestine and rectum.

What causes polyps?

Abnormalities or genetic mutations can sometimes cause cells to proliferate and continue dividing beyond what is necessary for healthy cell function. In the large intestine (colon), this unregulated cell growth can lead to the formation of polyps in the lining of the colon.

Are polyps cancerous?

Generally, most polyps are benign and do not necessarily develop into cancer. Larger masses can increase the likelihood that they will become malignant, and other risk factors such as genetics and lifestyle factors can also play a role in the development of cancer.

What are the signs and symptoms of polyps?

Polyps generally do not present symptoms. In some cases, people with polyps may experience rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits and stool color, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency and anemia.

What are the different types of polyps?

There are several types of polyps. The most common forms are:

  • Adenomatous - most common type, a small percentage usually become cancerous, however, they make up the majority of cancerous polyps.
  • Serrated - vary in shape and size and location in the colon. Serrated polyps located in the upper colon are harder to detect and more likely to become cancerous.
  • Inflammatory - usually develop as a result of ulcerative colitis or Chron’s disease, both of which can potentially increase a person’s risk of developing colon cancer.

Who is at risk for developing polyps?

Polyps are not uncommon and can develop in many people without becoming malignant. Dr. Madokoro advises his Newport Beach patients above the age of 50 to schedule a colonoscopy to screen for polyps (people with genetic predispositions to polyps and colon cancer may need to start screening earlier).

Other risk factors include:

  • Race (African Americans are at higher risk)
  • Alcohol and tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes

To learn more about your individual risk for developing polyps, and to schedule a colonoscopy, contact Glenn D. Madokoro, MD in Newport Beach, CA at (949) 548-8800 today!

By Glenn D. Madokoro, MD
February 17, 2015
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Polyps  

Hearing your doctor say that you have polyps can be very frightening. What are polyps? Are polyps dangerous? Thankfully, the diagnosis is generally nowhere near as bad as it sounds. Read on to learn more about polyps and how endoscopy from Glenn D. Madokoro, MD in Newport Beach can help you achieve your maximum health.

What are Polyps?

Polyps are small tissue growths that can be found on any organ. The most common locations for polyps include the colon and the uterus, though they can be found in the nose, ear and stomach as well. Polyps can range in size from smaller than a quarter to several inches across, and you can have none, one or several.

Generally, polyps are not dangerous by themselves. Some types of polyps can be or become cancerous, however, so if your doctor finds one in your body, he or she will likely refer you to a specialized endoscopy professional, such as Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach.

What Causes Polyps?

While polyps are relatively common, doctors are still uncertain as to what causes them. Doctors do know that age is the biggest risk factor and genetics may play a role as well. While few young adults have polyps, as many as one quarter of all senior citizens may have them at some point.

How are Polyps Identified?

Because most polyps cause no symptoms, doctors recommend that people come in for regular screenings, especially as they age. It is at these routine screenings that doctors will inspect the most at-risk parts of the body for any signs or symptoms of an abnormality.

How are Polyps Treated?

While most polyps are not dangerous, your doctor will want to check to make sure. If Dr. Madokoro finds a polyp, he will remove the polyp and have it biopsied to determine if it is cancerous, pre-cancerous or benign. Polyps are typically removed either with wire loop biopsy forceps or by burning them at the base with an electric current. Both procedures are routine and low-risk.

If your polyp is found to be benign, Dr. Madokoro will likely recommend future monitoring just to make sure that you stay well. The interval of time between screenings will vary from a few months to a few years, depending on the severity and number of the polyps that were found. If your polyp is found to be cancerous, Dr. Madokoro will discuss your treatment options with you from there.

Most polyps are not a cause for concern, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to visit your doctor for regular screenings and don't be afraid to visit Dr. Madokoro in Newport Beach for endoscopy treatment if needed.

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.