A polyp is a projection (growth) of tissue from the inner lining of the colon into the lumen (hollow center) of the colon. Polyps are benign (non-cancerous) growths, but cancer can start in some types of polyps.1

signs and symptoms of polyps

Colon polyps are not usually associated with symptoms, but timely detection and removal is important, as polyps may eventually progress to colon cancer.2 Symptoms may include:3

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding or bloody stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Your physician will determine whether the polyp will need to be removed.

References: 1. Understanding Your Pathology Report: Colon Polyps (Sessile or Traditional Serrated Adenomas) – What is a polyp in the colon? American Cancer Society. Available from: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/understandingyourpathologyreport/colonpathology/ colon-polyps-sessile-or-traditional-serrated-adenomas. Accessed March 2016. 2. Colon Polyp Facts. MedicineNet.com. Avaialable from: http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_polyps/article.htm. Accessed March 2016. 3. Colon Polyps–Symptoms. Mayo Clinic. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-polyps/basics/symptoms/CON-20031957. Accessed March 2016.