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What are the possibilities of a colon polyp becoming cancerous?

I just had a colonoscopy and a non cancerous polyp was removed. Thr type of polyp is called adenomatous. Instead od a colonoscopy in Ten years , I now have to return in five years. Is there a high chance that I could develop cancer? I am a 74 y/o female. I had breast cancer (mastectomy) 30 yrs ago. I have had routine colonoscopies and this is the first polyp found
Fri, 5 Jan 2018
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Possibilities of a colon polyp becoming cancerous is hard to determine the exact nature of a polyp, polyps found during colonoscopy are removed and sent to the lab for a microscopic analysis. How long does it take a colon polyp.

It will take about 10 years for a colon polyp to transform into a cancer.

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