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How Does a Colon Polyp Turn into Cancer?

Dr. Heather Yeo Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian

A polyp is a small growth in the colon that is not yet cancerous, but has the potential to grow into cancer. For a typical polyp to grow into colon cancer, it takes about ten years, according to colorectal surgeon Dr. Heather Yeo. The reason doctors recommend regular screening for colon cancer is because if these polyps are detected, they can be removed and prevented from ever turning into cancer.

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Dr. Heather Yeo is a medical advisor to SurvivorNet. She is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery, and complex general surgical oncology. She is an assistant professor of Surgery and Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Read More

Explaining the Colonoscopy

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