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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Polyps
Polyps in uterus and DES [posted
Answer: Possibly, but probably not. Although you are at some higher risk for cancer of the uterus.
Polyps [posted 8/4/98]
Answer: Polyps are small growths that occur usually on epithelial tissue. They look like small mushrooms and tend to grow at a fairly slow rate. Some of them can transform the "tip" to cancer (particularly colon) and we look for and remove these. Others, (like nasal polyps) rarely become cancerous. They are firm fleshy growths. The reason for their occurrence is currently not known, but they tend to run in families.
Answer: Nasal polyps are benign growths in the nasal passages. They tend to run in families and there is a curious syndrome seen in some people with nasal polyps. This is aspirin sensitivity, nasal polyps, and asthma. There are some physicians who believe that the aspirin sensitivity or asthma may be brought out by removing the polyps. Data here is scanty. Generally, they are surgically removed once they begin to block the nasal passages. Occasionally, nasal steroids on a regular basis will shrink these polyps.
Answer: There are different types of cells in your body. In general, the lining of "hollow" organs like the uterus consists of columnar epithelium. These cells tend to hypertrophy and grow into "polyps". These can occur in the nose, colon, gall bladder, etc. We really don't know the inciting cause, although they tend to run in families. Polyps of the uterus are rarely cancerous, but a pathology examination is always necessary.
Answer: Polyps usually take 2 to 3 years to form. It is initially a benign
growth resembling a mushroom. After some time, cancer will form in the top or head of the
polyp and grow back sown the stalk into the colon. This will usually take 5 to 6 years,
although there is variability based on the aggressiveness of the cancer. These should be
removed if found, especially if adenomatous type.
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