Polyps are growths that occur on the inside lining of the large intestine, also known as the colon. Polyps in the colon are extremely common, and their incidence increases as individuals get older. It is estimated that 50 percent of the people over the age of 60 will harbor at least one polyp.

The significance of polyps is that we know that when certain types of polyps grow large enough, they can become cancerous. Once a polyp reaches approximately one inch in size, the risk of cancer is in excess of 20 percent. Therefore, screening for polyps and removing polyps of any size, preferably when they are of a small size, prevents their growth and progression to cancer.


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