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What is an intestinal polyp?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The cells lining the colon are constantly growing and dying in a natural process of cell turnover. If the cells' growth message system fails from faulty or unstable genes, the cells can grow unchecked into a mass of tissue called a polyp. As the cells continue to divide and grow, they can become more and more abnormal. You probably won't feel them growing or have any noticeable symptoms that let you know they are there.
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