Colon Polyps

What Causes Colon Polyps?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of colon polyps we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow colon polyps to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind colon polyps consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to colon polyps.  For example, colon cancer.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
significant red blood in stools
elevated B12 levels
trace amounts of occult blood
family history of colorectal cancer
long-term low-carb dieting
colon cancer
occasional bowel movement changes
processed meat consumption
low alcohol consumption
history of colon cancer
grilled meat consumption
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of colon polyps.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate bowel problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had any polyps in your colon?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, none have been found during examination
→ Yes, it/they were removed
→ One or two present
→ More than two present
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no history of colon polyps, history of colon polyps or colon polyps, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Colon Cancer.  Usually cancer of the colon starts with a polyp or growth.  Polyps can be removed long before they turn into cancer by using a colonoscope.  If the polyp has turned cancerous, but is found early, survival rates are excellent.
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