Colon Polyps - Topic Overview

People with a higher risk, such as African Americans and people with a strong family history of colon cancer, may need to be tested sooner. Talk to your doctor about when you should be tested. Finding and removing colon polyps can prevent colon cancer. What are the symptoms? You can have colon polyps and not know it because they usually don't cause symptoms. They are usually found during routine screening tests for colon cancer. A screening test looks for signs of a disease when there are no symptoms. If polyps get large, they can cause symptoms. You may have bleeding from your rectum or a change in your bowel habits. A change in bowel habits includes diarrhea , constipation , going to the bathroom more often or less often than usual, or a change in the way your stool looks. How are colon polyps diagnosed? Most polyps are found during tests for colon cancer. Experts recommend routine colon cancer testing for everyone age 50 and older who has a normal risk for colon cancer. People with a higher risk, such as African Americans and people with a strong family history of colon cancer, may need to be tested sooner. The tests for colon cancer are: Stool tests . updated blog post http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/tc/colon-polyps-topic-overview