I have had polyps in the past. I have not had a colonoscopy for five years due to no insurance. Am I at risk for colon cancer?
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Polyps are growths that arise from the walls of the colon. There are multiple different types of polyps. Some of these polyps, over years, can turn into cancer if not removed. Other types of polyps do not increase risk of colon cancer.
Our recommendations for repeat colonoscopy are based on the type of polyp removed, the size of the polyp, the number of polyps found, personal history or family history of polyps or colon cancer, and the quality of the bowel prep.
If a patient had polyps removed that were the type that can turn into cancer, we generally recommend a repeat colonoscopy within at least five years (if not sooner) to assess for colon cancer and to remove any additional polyps.