What will happen if a colon polyp is not removed?

This question was asked in Anaheim, California on 04/04/2012.
If a polyp hasn't been removed, does this mean I'm likely to have colon cancer?

Doctors Answers (1)

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 4/4/2012 4

Polyps carry a risk of developing into colon cancer - not removing one can result in a higher risk of developing into full blown cancer. It is hard to tell if a polyp is pre-cancerous or not without biopsying it and sending it to a pathologist during a colonoscopy. That being said - not all polyps are pre-cancerous, but safe practice dictates to remove any that look like they could be pre-cancerous regardless of what the results show.