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A colon polyp is a clump of cells that is attached to the colon lining, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many polyps are benign, or non-cancerous. If not removed, however, some can become cancerous.


The only definitive way to determine whether a polyp is cancerous is through a biopsy, according to the National Cancer Institute. Doctors remove polyps that they find during the course of a colonoscopy and biopsy them to see if cancerous tissue is present.


Some stomach, or gastric, polyps are cancerous while others are not, according to Mayo Clinic. The majority of them do not become malignant. However, adenomas, the rarest kind, are most likely to become cancerous. These masses of glandular cells on the inside lining of the stomach are linked to infl


During a colonoscopy, the physician inserts a thin scope into the rectum to see images of the colon, according to WebMD. The colonoscope is about 1/2 inch in diameter and is flexible so it bends and follows the curves of the colon.


A colonoscopy is an exam that gives the physician the ability to observe the large intestine, which includes the rectum and colon. This exam can locate ailments, including colon polyps, bleeding, inflammation, tumors and ulcers, reports WebMD.


Most polyps are benign or noncancerous, according to the American Cancer Society. However, some types of polyps can lead to colon cancer, depending on the type of polyp and certain risk factors.


People with polyps may experience rectal bleeding, stool color change, anemia due to iron deficiency, nausea and vomiting, according to Mayo Clinic. Polyps also manifest in bowel habit changes and abdominal pain. However, polyps typically don't result in symptoms.


As of 2014, doctors do not cite any absolute specific causes of colorectal polyps, but research suggests they may be caused by some genetic factors or prior conditions, notes Healthline. Additionally, those with certain unhealthy lifestyles or habits may be at an increased risk of developing polyps.


A colonoscopy is a test that doctors perform using a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope that examines the inner lining of a patient's large intestine. Doctors perform colonoscopies to detect ulcers, polyps and tumors in the colon. Additionally, colonoscopies are used to screen for colon cancer


Colonoscopies are often painful, although the patient receives sedation during the procedure, reports WebMD. Patients generally feel cramping and brief, sharp pains as the scope used for the procedure moves around the colon or from air blown into the colon during the exam.