What is a polyp?

A polyp is a growth in the colon, says Eric Changchien, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Riverside Community Hospital. In this video, he describes how polyps form and how they can develop into cancer.
A polyp is a small growth that develops from the lining of the colon. In this video, I will explain that the larger the polyp, the greater the chance it might have cancer in it. 
Stephanie A. Wishnev, MD
Colorectal Surgery
A polyp is an abnormal growth on the lining of the intestine, says Stephanie Wishnev, MD, a colorectal surgeon at MountainView Hospital. In this video, she says that as a polyp grows larger, it can turn into cancer.

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