Bowel polyps are small growths on the lining of the bowel wall. They are common, especially as we age. While most bowel polyps do not become cancerous, approximately 5% do. Most polyps can be safely and completely removed during a colonoscopy.

Bowel polyps

A bowel polyp is a small benign (non-cancerous) growth that looks roughly like
a ball on a stalk. They can range in size from 1-2mm to 5cm or more.

Approximately half of all Australians are likely to develop a bowel polyp during their
lifetime, but the majority of these remain undetected. If polyps are left untreated for
many years, a small percentage of polyps can develop into bowel cancer.

Although polyps are very common, they rarely produce symptoms and usually
are discovered by chance at the time of colonoscopy.

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