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Why are polyps found in different areas of the colon for men and women?

Since women tend to have more surgeries and are more anatomically complex in the abdominal cavity, polyps may be more difficult to detect in the more tortuous, thicker parts of the colon, located in the lower left part of the abdomen. Polyps in men are usually easier to detect in this area, which may account for why more polyps are found here in men than in women, in whom we tend to detect polyps further up in the colon.
Women have a mild, maybe 5% increase in right-sided polyps over left-sided polyps when compared to men. The reason for this is in the DNA: Women have a mild increase in the DNA errors that account for right-sided polyps.

The mild difference in the location of polyps due to male or female pales in comparison to the risk factor of a family history of polyps or colon cancer. Further risk factors include lifestyle, such as a diet high fat, high in red meat, and low in fiber. Other risk factors include cigarette smoking and obesity.

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