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What happens if cancer is found in a colon polyp?

Generally, a cancer that is found in a colon polyp during a screening colonoscopy is of earlier stage and potentially curable. Furthermore, during a polyp resection, a cancer that is discovered that was unexpected generally tends to be in the earlier stage as well.

What doctors end up doing depends a lot on what the pathology looks like, what the overall endoscopic impression was, whether they consider what they've done endoscopically to be curative or whether the person should be referred to a surgeon.

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