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What are gastrointestinal polyps?

Gastrointestinal or colorectal polyps are small growths of tissue that protrude from the wall of the colon or rectum into the gastrointestinal tract. Polyps can be flat, round, or stalk like. They can develop anywhere in the colon or rectum and can be detected by colonoscopy or another testing option. Some polyps may become malignant. In fact, most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp.

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