Polyps are small growths that are typically benign. They can form in various places throughout the body, like the ear canal, cervix, throat, and uterus, though 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 colon cancer, or colorectal cancer.

They don’t typically cause symptoms, so bleeding colon polyps might signal that it’s time to see a doctor. Arming yourself with this knowledge will allow you to seek out advice from a professional should you find that your polyps have led to colon cancer. This information will help guide you whether you seek out conventional treatment or a colon cancer natural treatment plan. Read on to discover what bleeding colon polyps are, 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 1 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?

Colon polyps don’t usually turn into cancer, though bleeding colon polyps might be an early sign of colon cancer. In general, the larger the polyp is, the greater the risk of cancer — particularly with neoplastic polyps (which include adenomas and serrated types of polyps). There is a great risk that if left untreated, bowel polyps can develop into cancer. For this reason, it’s important to talk to your doctor, who will most likely recommend getting your polyps treated. 

What Should You Do?

There are a few different methods for treating polyps. The best way to treat them is to have your polyps removed, which often happens during a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy involves putting a flexible tube through the rectum and into the bowl. With an attached wire, the colonoscope instrument can burn or cut off the polyps (don’t worry — this part is painless). 

After a colonoscopy is performed, a doctor will look at the polyps under a microscope to analyze what it is and whether or not there are cancer cells in the polyp. If polyps are large, doctors may suggest surgery to have them removed (as colonoscopies can only remove small polyps). 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 test results back that state 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 the cancer. Colon cancer can affect anyone, at any age. Some even fall victim to many of the risk factors and its a lot more common than you might think. Thankfully, there are conventional methods for treating it typically involve surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. 

There is also a range of alternative cancer treatments for colon cancer that can support patients’ recovery. At Immunity Therapy Center, we’re happy to offer these treatments, as they help to alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes along 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. 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. 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.

 

Sources

1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/colon-polyps-a-to-z

December 11, 2019