Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Symptoms of polyps and how danger it is.

Are polyps dangerous? 
Most polyps are not dangerous. Most are benign, which means they are not cancer. But over time, some types of polyps can turn into cancer. Usually, polyps that are smaller than a pea aren't harmful. But larger polyps could someday become cancer or may already be cancer. To be safe, doctors remove all polyps and test them. 

Who gets polyps?
You may also be more likely to get polyps if you

· eat a lot of fatty foods
· smoke
· drink alcohol
· don't exercise
· weigh too much

What are the symptoms?
Most small polyps don't cause symptoms. Often, people don't know they have one until the doctor finds it during a regular checkup or while testing them for something else.
But some people do have symptoms like these:
· bleeding from the anus. You might notice blood on your underwear or on toilet paper after you've had a bowel movement.
· constipation or diarrhea that lasts more than a week.
· blood in the stool. Blood can make stool look black, or it can show up as red streaks in the stool.

If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor to find out what the problem is.

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