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.
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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