Symptoms and Causes
Colon polyps often cause no symptoms. You might not be aware yourself having a polyp until your doctor finds it during an examination of your bowel.
Followings are the common symptoms;
1) Rectal bleeding. This can be a sign of colon polyps or cancer or other conditions, such as hemorrhoids or minor tears in your anus.
2) Change in stool color. Blood can show up as red streaks in stool or in black color.
3) Change in bowel habits, diarrhea lasting more than a week. But a number of other conditions can also cause changes in bowel habits.
4) Pain, nausea or vomiting.
5) Iron deficiency anemia resulting in feeling tired and short of breath.
Healthy cells grow and divide in an orderly way. Mutations in certain genes can cause cells to continue dividing even when new cells aren’t needed. In the colon and rectum, this unregulated growth can cause polyps to form.
Polyps can develop anywhere in your large intestine. In general, the larger a polyp, the greater the likelihood of cancer.
Some colon polyps may become cancerous. The earlier polyps are removed, the less likely they will become malignant.
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