Any Polyp Type Raises CRC Risk

A finding of any type of polyp in the colon increases the risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), according to new findings from a large Swedish study.

At 10 years, the cumulative colorectal cancer incidence was 1.6% among patients with hyperplastic polyps, 2.5% among those with sessile serrated polyps, 2.7% for tubular adenomas, 5.1% for tubulovillous adenomas, and 8.6% for villous adenomas, as compared with 2.1% for the control group.

However, a higher risk for colorectal-related death was only observed in patients with sessile serrated polyps, tubulovillous adenomas, or villous adenomas.

The study was published online March 16 in Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Any Type of Polyp Increases the Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Boldface sections are mine.

I had my first virtual visit with my physician yesterday.  I mentioned that I was postponing my colonoscopy this year for pandemic reasons.  She said that’s fine, don’t worry about it.  I read this article today.  Now I know why I’m on a three year callback.


2 thoughts on “Any Polyp Type Raises CRC Risk

  1. This is excellent information. I’m going to have it with me when I see my gastroenterologist this summer. Which I don’t know at this point whether it will be virtual or in person. My first colonoscopy showed an adenomatous polyp. So back then I was on a five-year callback. That next colonoscopy was clear. Now I am on a 10 year callback. But after this study, I am wondering whether I should get my next colonoscopy this year? I am actually now at nine years from the last clear colonoscopy. And I have a history of that tubular adenoma 14 years ago.

    I guess first things first. I need to be alive this summer in order to even think about getting a colonoscopy. Right now concentrate on not contracting the coronavirus.

    • I thought it was a good article/study also. I had a first cousin who died age 49 from CRC so I’ve been scoped three times at 10 year intervals. After reading the article I immediately took another look at my last test in 2017. I’m not going to wait 10 years this time! But yes, first things first. Stay safe.

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