A colon polyp resembles a wart that has formed in the interior of the color or large intestine. In most cases, polyps do not bring forth any symptoms. However, as the polyp grows it begins to degenerate into cancerous tissue, and eventually low levels of blood start to be manifested in stool occasionally. It is common to confuse these small signs of bleeding during the initial stages of polyps with some type of anal fissure or hemorrhoid, and patients will frequently try to solve the problem with over-the-counter medications without giving it much importance. In this cases, this allows the lesion to continue its growth, increasing the risk to the patient.
Polyps present equally among males and females, appearing increasingly after the age of forty. Because polyps can develop into cancerous lesions overtime, it is important to diagnose them timely. The removal of polyps is possible during a diagnostic colonoscopic procedure, avoiding this way the need for open surgery. The patient’s recovery after the procedure is immediate, being able to return to normal daily activities.