Over time, polyps called adenomas can grow larger and develop into colorectal cancer, so it’s important to diagnose and treat them. Most polyps tend to occur with increasing age, but there is an increased risk of developing them if there is a family history of colorectal polyps or bowel cancer. Rarely polyps may be associated with inherited disorders such as Familial Adenomatous Polyposis or Lynch syndrome.
Although they are benign growths, over time certain types of polyp, called adenomas, can grow larger and may develop into colorectal cancer. Colorectal polyps can cause very little in the way of symptoms, but can be a cause of rectal bleeding. It is important to diagnose and treat polyps in the bowel because this can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. This can be usually be done by Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy.