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What Are the Symptoms of Colon Polyps

Colon polyps are growths on the wall of the colon or large intestine. They can develop slowly and gradually in adults over 40 years old. If left untreated, colon polyps would progress into colon cancer. Therefore, it is important to have your body scan and remove them to prevent further complications. A colonoscopy can be an effective and safe option to eliminate these growths. Below are 6 typical signs of colon polyps to know.

Changes in Bowel Habits

A change in your bowel habit can be a possible sign of colon polyps. You can have diarrhea or constipation, or both conditions. They are caused when the digestive system is affected, which disrupts the digestion and absorption of foods. These issues tend to last more than one week until you get proper treatments. Depending on the size of the polyp, diarrhea, or constipation can vary in intensity and frequency. It is important to consult your doctor to prevent them from leading to further complications like unexpected weight loss. [1]