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Six weeks ago a colonoscopy revealed a flat polyp, it was difficult

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Six weeks ago a colonoscopy revealed a flat polyp, it was difficult to remove but partialy removed and sent to lab, this showed adenomatous so had to return six weeks later to finish removal of polyp, This was done yesterday and I was told no polyp could be found and it must have healed. Can this be possible, I am worried that it may just have been hard to find and could predispose me to cancer. I have to return in a year but this seems a long time if indeed I do still have the remains of adenomatous polyp.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Shahzad MD :

Hi there. Thank you for your question. I will be helping you out with your queries

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Actually a colonoscopy a year later is the right time.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Polyps do not progress as quickly to cancer as you think.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

The thing that points to the polyp being harmless is the very fact that the repeat colonoscopy did not find any polyp at all.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

Meaning that either the polyp healed or was too small to be seen visually.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

This means that this is an extremely slow growing polyp and not something to worry about at all.

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Yes, How large is the chance of this polyp becoming cancerous? Both my parents died of cancer.

Dr. Shahzad MD :

I am sorry to learn about your parents.

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The risk is less than 10%

Dr. Shahzad MD :

depends on the size of the polyp

Dr. Shahzad MD :

In your case the risks must be less than 1%

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But regular screening colonoscopy will make sure you do not have cancer

Dr. Shahzad MD :

1 year time interval after your repeat colonoscopy is an appropriate time period as far as I am concerned.

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Yes. Thank you for your help.

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