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Bowel Cancer – what are Polyps?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Is a benign growth in the lining on the large bowel. Over time polyps can become

Benign rectal polyp

Benign rectal polyp

cancerous and should be removed to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

If detected early the polyps can be removed without needing to go into surgery, instead they can be removed during a colonoscopy.

Every day colonoscopies are performed at Liverpool Day Surgery with polyps being successfully removed, for a list of Gastroenterologist’s who can perform a screening Colonoscopy please click here to see our Doctor directory.

Bowel Cancer – the facts
• If bowel cancer is detected early it can be one of the most curable types of cancer
• Around 14 410 Australia’s are told that they have Bowel Cancer every year*
• 1 in 12 Australia’s will develop bowel cancer before the age of 85

The risks are greater if you:

• are aged 50 years and over;
• have had an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis;
• have previously had special types of polyps, called adenomas in the bowel; or
• have a significant family history of bowel cancer polyps.

*facts and figures from www.bowelcanceraustralia.org
For more information on Bowel Cancer please speak to your Doctor or call the cancer helpline on 13 11 20.