What Should I Know About Colon Polyps?

Colon polyps are something nearly everyone will face.

colon cancer polypsMany people wonder about the link between colon polyps and colon cancer. However, polyps are something nearly everyone will face. The development of colon polyps are considered a natural part of aging, though the number of them is generally a result of genetics.

Colon polyps are generally detected during screening. This is why screening is such an important part of overall medical care. If polyps do happen to be pre-cancerous, they can be detected and removed before becoming a risk to your health. If you are never screened, you will never know. For more, watch Dr. Jeffrey Weber in the video below:

Jeffrey Weber MD:  One of the important issues that everyone should understand about colon polyps is that they are destined to happen to almost everyone.

Colon polyp formation is a natural part of aging.  I think everyone is at risk for developing polyps in their lifetime.  There are some interesting connections which run in genetic ways.  In certain families, people will have 100s of polyps, but this is a small percent of the population.

In most cases, polyp formation is going to happen at some point in your life.  There is very little that we can do to prevent polyp formation.  There has been some interesting studies which have shown that perhaps a lower fat diet, lower in saturated animal fats may be helpful and it also can be helpful, though I don’t recommend this in general, to take an aspirin daily, that in itself has side effects which can be prohibitive and you should consult with your doctor.

Dr. Jeffrey Weber
Dr. Jeffrey Weber, Chief of Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, earned a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree. Following medical school, Dr. Weber completed both an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Georgetown Division of the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C. He then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
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