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Colorectal Polyps

Alternate Names : Colon Polyps, Rectal Polyps

Colorectal Polyps | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Currently, nothing has been shown to definitely reduce the risk of polyps. Diets high in fiber, folic acid and calcium, and low in fat may help to reduce the risk. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may also reduce the risk of developing colorectal polyps.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Colorectal polyps sometimes become colorectal cancer. Occasionally, a polyp actually is a small, early cancer.

What are the risks to others?

Colorectal polyps are not contagious and pose no risk to others.

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Colorectal Polyps: Treatment & Monitoring

Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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