Risk, Prevention and Screening
A colon polyp is a mass of tissue on the inside wall of the colon that protrudes into the colon "tube." Most colon cancers arise from a polyp; however, only a very small percentage of colon polyps become cancer. Removing polyps that can progress to become cancer, reduces the risk of colon cancer by up to 80%.
An overview of the available screening tests for colorectal cancer and polyps.
FAP is a hereditary syndrome that results in those affected having hundreds to thousands of polyps and an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
HNPCC, also called Lynch Syndrome, is a hereditary disorder that causes an increase in the risk of several types of cancer