Polyps are small growths that are typically benign. There are many different types of polyps such as a colonic polyp, hyperplastic polyp, colorectal polyp, serrated polyp, and adenomatous polyp. They can form in various places throughout the body, like the ear canal, cervix, throat, and uterus. However, they’re most commonly found in the colon. Colon polyps form on the lining of the colon (or large intestine) and tend to be harmless – though, over time, they can progress to a precancerous polyp, colon cancer, or colorectal cancer.
They don’t typically cause symptoms, so a bleeding colon polyp might signal that it’s time to see a doctor. Arming yourself with this knowledge will allow you to seek advice from a professional if you find that your bleeding colon polyps have led to colon cancer, also referred to as bowel or rectal cancer. This information will help guide you whether you seek out conventional treatment or a natural colon cancer treatment plan. Read on to discover what a polyp is, whether or not they’re cancerous, and what you should do if you have them.
What Are Bleeding Polyps?
As we mentioned, bowel polyps don’t tend to cause symptoms, so people often aren’t even aware that they have polyps. Larger polyp growths can bleed, which can cause blood in the stool along with fatigue and anemia. In addition to rectal bleeding, large polyps can also cause a small amount of mucus in the stool, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
Are They Cancerous?
Bleeding Colon polyps don’t usually turn into cancer, though bleeding colon polyps might be an early sign of colon cancer. In general, larger polyps cause a greater cancer risk- particularly with neoplastic polyps (which include polyps such as a villous adenoma and serrated types of polyps). There is a great risk of bowel polyps developing into cancer if left untreated. For this reason, it’s important to talk to your doctor, who will most likely recommend getting a barium enema for further analysis. Secondary to this, they might recommend getting your polyps treated or will suggest a polypectomy.
What Should You Do?
There are a few different methods for treating bleeding colon polyps. The best way to treat them is to remove your developing polyps, which often happens during a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy involves putting a flexible tube through the rectum and into the large bowel. The colonoscope instrument can burn or cut off the polyps (don’t worry – this part is painless).
After a colonoscopy is performed, a doctor looks at the polyps under a microscope and analyzes whether or not there are cancer cells in the polyp. Suppose polyps are large or there is a cancerous polyp present. In that case, doctors may suggest surgery to have them removed (as colonoscopies can only remove small polyps) in a surgery called a polyp resection in which polyps are removed from the inside of the colon, also called the large intestine. This tends to be done through a minimally invasive surgery called laparoscopic surgery, in which a long thin tube called a laparoscope is inserted to give surgeons a visual of the colon. From there, the doctor can remove polyps from the colon, and the tissue can be further analyzed.
What If It’s Cancer?
Once you’ve discovered bleeding colon polyps and gone to the doctor, the next step is to figure out what your diagnosis means. If you receive a colorectal cancer screening back that states you do have colon cancer, try not to panic, as there are several options for you to choose from to have your polyps removed and for treating cancer. Colon cancer can affect anyone at any age. Some even fall victim to many of the risk factors, and it’s a lot more common than you might think. Thankfully, there are conventional methods for treating it that typically involve surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
There is also a range of alternative cancer treatments for colon cancer to support patients’ recovery. At Immunity Therapy Center, we’re happy to offer these treatments, as they help alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes with traditional methods like chemo and radiation.
Whether you’re using only natural treatments or combining natural treatments with conventional methods, we believe that keeping healthy cells healthy is just as important as killing the bad cells. Many successful alternative cancer treatments and natural remedies for skin cancer that can also be very beneficial to your health.
We have a team that is dedicated, enthusiastic, and passionate about what we do. When you come to see us, we don’t want you to feel like another chart or diagnosis – we want every patient to feel at home. We’re happy to say that Tijuana has become a hub for alternative cancer treatment centers and is now paving the way for holistic care to become part of the cancer treatment dialogue worldwide.
From all of us at Immunity Therapy Center, thanks for reading. To minimize your risk factors for colon cancer, remember to regularly check for cancerous polyps with colonoscopies and screening tests. And don’t forget that if you’ve discovered rectal bleeding and think you may have bleeding colon polyps, please make sure to reach out to a doctor to discuss your symptoms They can help alleviate any anxieties you may have through a colonoscopy and will help to navigate the next steps.
As we like to stay, stay positive! We believe that an optimistic attitude and a hopeful heart is the best way to approach a diagnosis (and life in general). Wishing you a happy, healthy day ahead.
Written By: Dr. David Alvarez
Dr. David Alvarez is a Board Certified Medical Doctor from Universidad Xochicalco and Certified by the American Heart Association (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support).
Dr. Alvarez has been collaborating with Dr. Bautista as an Assistant Medical Director at the Immunity Therapy Center for over 6 years. He provides daily on site patient care and participates on the medical board on research and development of patient treatment plans and programs. Dr. Alvarez is a knowledgeable and compassionate Doctor committed to helping patients get to where they want to be health wise through a more holistic and comprehensive approach.
Written By: Dr. Adolfo Carrillo
Dr. Adolfo Carrillo is a Board Certified Medical Doctor from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.
Dr. Carrillo has been collaborating with Dr. Bautista for over 5 years as a treating physician at the Immunity the Immunity Therapy Center. Dr. Carrillo is a charismatic Doctor whose knowledge and commitment to patient care and bringing healing to patients is a valuable asset to our center.
- Harvard Health. Colon Polyps – what is it? https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/colon-polyps-a-to-z
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