Modern medicine is all about prevention. However, sometimes there are things that occur in the body that we simply have no control over. Polyps are one of these things. Polyps, in short, are tiny clusters of cells that grow in the lining of your colon. While the majority of these are harmless and will not cause life threatening issues for the person who is diagnosed, some of them do grow and eventually turn into colon cancer. This is why it is important to know what sorts of symptoms people who have polyps in their colon experience and what factors are more likely to cause you to develop these cell clusters in the future.
The majority of the time, polyps do not come with very noticeable symptoms, if any at all. Some people do experience rectal bleeding, nausea, pain in the abdomen and changes in their stool. Other symptoms include vomiting and low amounts of iron in the blood.
While there is not a specific group of people who are at risk for polyps (as they occur in people of all ages, sex, and ethnicities) adults over 50 are recommended to have a colonoscopy once a year in order to have their colon screened for polyps and possibly cancer.
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms or if you are over 50 and have yet to have your first colonoscopy or it has simply been a while, contact the medical professionals at West Gastro today to make an appointment. We want to make sure you are as healthy as you can possibly be as you get older and are at a higher risk.