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Types of Colon Polyps

Colon polyps visible with a sigmoidoscope

Photo credit: Jacqueline Littée, RN. Adapted with permission. All rights reserved.

A polyp is a small growth of excess tissue that often grows on a stem or stalk on the inner surface of the large intestine (colon). Most polyps do not contain cancer cells. But some polyps can become cancerous over time.

By Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last Revised October 30, 2013

Last Revised: October 30, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology

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