Since I've been revisiting some of the topics I investigated in the early days of this blog, I figure--why stop? It's time to move on to the dreaded--and sneaky--colon polyp.
A colon polyp is a small growth of tissue that can best be compared to a wart or mole. Small colon polyps typically aren't dangerous; however, some of the larger polyps can eventually lead to cancer, so doctors err on the safe side and tend to remove polyps, regardless of size.
So how do you know if you have colon polyps? Unfortunately, typical polyps don't cause any symptoms. Many discover they have polyps after a routine colonoscopy. However, some who suffer from polyps may experience symptoms including diarrhea, constipation and blood in the stool.
Your risk of developing colon polyps increases if you:
- are over 40 years old
- have previously had polyps
- have a relative who has had colorectal cancer and/or polyps
- follow a high-fat diet rich in fried foods
- smoke tobacco or regularly drink alcohol
- are 15 or more pounds overweight
- don't exercise regularly
- don't regularly participate in a liver, colon and/or gallbladder cleanse
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(Picture Credit: Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada)