Answers to Common Cancer Prevention Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer prevention.

Do all colon polyps develop into cancer?

The majority of colon polyps will not become cancer, according to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). 
 
However, having colon polyps removed reduces your future risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to the ASCRS. 
 
Almost all polyps can be removed without surgery during a colonoscopy, which is an exam of the inside of the large intestine, according to the National Institutes of Health  (NIH). 
 
For more information about whether all colon polyps develop into cancer, talk with your doctor. 
 
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Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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