March 16, 2021
A colon polyp is a small growth on the inner lining of the large intestine, some of which can progress into cancer. Polyps may be scattered throughout the colon and vary in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters. Polyps may have a flat or raised appearance. When raised they can resemble small bumps (called sessile), or even grow on short stalks (called pedunculated), resembling a mushroom or small cauliflower.
Although the vast majority of polyps are NOT cancerous or even pre-cancerous, it is important to detect colon polyps early because most cases of colon cancer develop from polyps.