Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
My 62-year-old father had adenomatous polyps on a recent colonoscopy. Does this mean he has colon cancer?
Carmen E. Guerra, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn Medicine, responds:
If your father had adenomatous polyps on a recent colonoscopy, it does not mean he has colon cancer. However, his risk of developing colorectal cancer is 3-4 times higher than the average person. He therefore should undergo surveillance colonoscopy as often as recommended by his gastroenterologist (typically every 3-5 years depending on the pathology results and other factors).
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View entire transcript from Advances in Colorectal Cancer Screening.
Feb 23, 2012 - Colonoscopic removal of adenomatous polyps reduces colorectal cancer mortality, and interim analysis shows that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) yields similar results to colonoscopy; however, more polyps are identified with colonoscopy screening compared to FIT, according to two studies published in the Feb. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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