Definition

Polyps are abnormal growths arising from the lining of the large intestine (colon and rectum). Some polyps are flat while others have stalks. Polyps are one of the most common conditions affecting the colon and rectum.

Symptoms

Most polyps produce no symptoms, and although most polyps are benign, most colon cancer starts in benign polyps.  

Diagnosis and Treatment

The goal is to find and remove polyps prior to developing a cancer, either via a colonoscopy or surgery.

Visit the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons website for more information