Harvard Men's Health Watch

They found colon polyps: Now what?

Colonoscopy checks the colon for hidden signs of cancer, called polyps. Polyps are growths that could eventually develop into tumors, though relatively few do. The doctor removes polyps during a colonoscopy. After removal of polyps, a procedure called polypectomy, a person must return for a follow-up colon exam in three, five, or 10 years, depending on the number and types of growths that the doctor found and removed. A healthy diet can help prevent cancer. Daily low-dose aspirin, which many people already take to prevent heart attacks, and a diet rich in bone-strengthening calcium, may also reduce overall colon cancer risk.
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