Colorectal Polyps in Hattiesburg, MS

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Colon polyps, often called colorectal polyps, are commonly observed among adult individuals. The term "colorectal" refers to the colon and the rectum. Many conditions that affect the colon many times also impact the rectum, which is why they are sometimes mentioned together. A colon or rectal polyp is a mass comprised of a clump of cells, and a colon polyp is a growth that occurs on the lining of either the colon or the rectum.

Polyps by themselves are usually no cause for concern and commonly do not cause symptoms; however, colon and rectal polyps should be removed since they can, over time, turn cancerous. To detect colorectal polyps, the GI physicians at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC regularly perform colonoscopy services. Please reach out to our team to request a colonoscopy in Hattiesburg, MS.

Colon polyps form when cells undergo more growth or division than what is typical. It's still not known how or why this happens, but there are connections and common risk factors that are associated with individuals who present with colon or rectal polyps.

Risk factors for colon polyps include:

  • Being over the age of 45
  • Having a personal or family history of colorectal polyps
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Smoking
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • "Typical Western diet" (high in fat, low in fiber)
  • Being overweight
  • Crohn's disease
  • High consumption of alcohol

Inherited genetic conditions can raise your chance of having colorectal polyps. Those conditions may include but are not limited to:

  • Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
  • Lynch syndrome
  • MYH-associated polyposis (MAP)
  • Serrated polyposis syndrome
  • Gardner's syndrome

What are the symptoms of colon polyps?

Oftentimes, occurrences of colon polyps are not accompanied by symptoms. If symptoms are present, some of the most common indications of colorectal polyps include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Bloody stool
  • Diarrhea (lasting for more than seven days)

If you are experiencing any combination of the listed symptoms, are at least 45 years old, or have a family history of colon cancer or colorectal polyps and are in the Hattiesburg, MS area, reach out to our team to learn more about colorectal cancer screenings.

What does it mean if a doctor finds polyps during a colonoscopy?

It is not uncommon for a colonoscopy to find polyps in the colon. Usually, they are benign (not cancerous). Polyps discovered during a colonoscopy will often be extracted during the course of the procedure (in what's called a polypectomy) and tested for signs of cancer. Should it happen that your colon or rectal polyps are determined to be nonmalignant, then your physician might request regular screenings for colorectal cancer in the future. If your polyp is determined to be malignant (cancerous), you and your Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC physician will make a plan with the appropriate steps moving forward.

The main way to address colon or rectal polyps is by removing them. Polyps found in the colon or rectum may be excised during a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. In severe situations, part or the entirety of your colon or rectum may need to be removed.

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Colorectal polyps can be identified, excised, and assessed for cancer during a routine colonoscopy exam. As part of a physician-led network of gastroenterologists, Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC strives to deliver a patient-centric experience. To learn more about colon polyps and how they might be detected and removed, we encourage you to contact our GI doctors in Hattiesburg, MS today.

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