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What will happen if a colon polyp is not removed?

If a polyp hasn’t been removed, does this mean I’m likely to have colon cancer?

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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.

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