Colorectal Polyps and Cancer Prevention

There is an important increase in the number of patients with colon cancer in Costa Rica - nowadays it is the second after stomach cancer in the digestive system. In the USA it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

There is a definitive role in the kind of diet with lot of harmful fat, lack of fiber and exercise. These factors play an important role.

The cause of colon cancer is a benign polyp that becomes malignant. Polyps are of different types: hyperplastic, inflammatory and adenomatous. The adenomatous polyps are the one that can turn malignant. They can be of different morphology: pedunculated with a stalk or villous (flat).

The bigger the size the more chances the polyp will become malignant, but it is not a definite indication that the polyps will be malignant.

Since Polyps take about 25 years to become cancer, my advice is to start checking the colon with a colonoscopy starting at your 25th birthday. In my 30 years experience I have seen many young patients suffering this preventable disease.

My message is to start early to get rid of the polyps. Colon cancer is one of the few conditions that is 100% preventable. Please do not wait for symptoms to appear – most cancer are silent and do not presents symptoms for many years.

If you have rectal bleeding I urge you to visit a doctor immediately. Others signs can be: diarreah, constipation, abdominal pain, anemia and loss of weigh.

Contact us at +(506) 2208-1605 or doctorsolano@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with us or just to talk about your concerns. 

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