Polyps are abnormal projecting growths of tissue or tumors that form on the mucous membranes lining the body’s organs. They can develop in the digestive tract, the bladder, the uterus, or the genitals, or even in the nose or inside the mouth. Generally, polyps are considered benign. However, some are cancerous and others can become malignant.
Colon polyps form in the colon, the largest portion of the large intestine. Many things can cause colon polyp, but they tend to occur in people over 50 and those with a family history of developing the growths. Polyps in the colon develop in two different shapes, namely sessile (flat) and pedunculated (with a stalk). They are also classified by type.
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Adenomatous polyps are typically small, measuring about half an inch (1.3 centimeters) in diameter. However, they can grow, placing pressure on nearby organs, and develop into cancerous growths.
Adenomas are the most common type of colon polyp, accounting for approximately 70 percent of polyps that affect the colon. They are usually described as being tubular, villous, or tubulovillous.