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:
excessive flatulence
trace amounts of occult blood
red blood in stools
occasional bowel movement changes
elevated B12 levels
grilled meat consumption
high processed meat consumption
history of colon cancer
family history of colorectal cancer
high alcohol consumption
colon cancer
discontinued low-carb diet
... 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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