Polyps of the Colon and Rectum
Polyps of the Colon and Rectum | ASCRS
Colonic polyps, also known as colorectal polyps, are growths that appear on the surface of the colon. The colon, or large intestine, is a long hollow tube at the bottom of the digestive tract. Polyps in the colon can vary in size and number. There are three types of colon polyps:. However, if you do experience symptoms, they may include:. Blood on your toilet tissue or blood-streaked stools may be an indication of rectal bleeding and should be evaluated by a doctor. It's important to have regular screening tests to detect any existing polyps.
What to know about colon polyps
The inner lining of the anal canal is the mucosa. Most anal cancers start from cells in the mucosa. Glands and ducts tubes leading from the glands are found under the mucosa. The glands make mucus, which acts as a lubricating fluid. Anal cancers that start from cells in the glands are called adenocarcinomas.
Gastrointestinal Health Colon polyps bowel polyps. Most polyps are small, usually less than 1cm in size, although they can grow larger. Polyps can appear in many forms: they may look like a small raised lump, a wart, a grape or a mushroom on a stalk or a cluster of many small bumps. Some people have just one polyp, while others can have several. Most polyps are harmless, but over time some can develop into bowel cancer.