A colorectal polyp is a usually noncancerous growth that forms on of the lining of the colon or rectum, most commonly as people age. Some types of polyps may develop into cancer over time, however; those polyps that are larger than one centimeter have a greater risk of doing so.
Polyps may also be associated with some inherited disorders, including:
- Familial adenomatous polyposis
- Gardner syndrome
- Juvenile polyposis
- Lynch syndrome (HNPCC)
- Peutz-Jeghers syndrome
To reduce the risk of developing polyps, physicians recommend:
- Eating a diet low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and fiber
- Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake
- Maintaining a normal body weight
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