Types of Colon Polyps

Colon polyps visible with a sigmoidoscope

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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.

Current as of: December 19, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff

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