Rectal Polyps


What are Rectal Polyps ?

A polyp is a small growth of excess tissue that often grows on the lining of the large intestine, also known as the colon. Colon and rectal polyps occur in about 25 percent of men and women ages 50 and older. Not all polyps will turn into cancer, and it may take many years for a polyp to become cancerous.

Can you feel rectal polyps?

Most polyps don’t cause symptoms. When there are symptoms, rectal bleeding is the most common complaint. Cramps, abdominal pain, or a blockage may occur. Occasionally, a polyp on a long stalk may fall through the anus.

How long does it take a polyp to turn into a cancer?

Generally, it’s about a 10- to 15-year process, which explains why getting a colonoscopy screening once every 10 years is sufficient for most people. However, this chain of events may occur faster in people with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes.

How do they remove rectal polyps?

In most cases, small polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy, which is part of the colon cancer screening process. Your doctor will either snare the polyp with a wire that uses electricity to take it off or remove it with forceps if it’s really small.