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how long does it take a colon polyp to turn cancerous

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how long does it take a colon polyp to turn cancerous
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

Hi,

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Not all polyps turn cancerous.

Only adenomatous polyps turn cancerous.

The chances are high only if it is more than 1 cm, found in patient older than 60 years, contains villous component ( microscopic finding).

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
how long does it take adenomatous polyps to turn into cancer. Can I get adenomtous polyps from drinking too much for 5 months and smoking cigarettes
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

It may take as many as 30 years or more of alcohol drinking before forming colon polyps. This is for hyperplastic polyps. For adenomatous polyps the risk is still low and nonsignificant.

It takes 15 years or more of smoking to get hyperplastic polyps and 25 years or more of smoking to get adenomatous polyps.

It takes 5-10 years for an adenomatous polyp to turn cancerous.

Hyperplastic polyps do not turn cancerous.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so drinking heavily for 5 months isn,t going to give me colon polyps
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

Just 5 months of heavy drinking does not cause colon polyps.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I know of someone who drinks 10 beers a day and after a year gets a colonoscopy. Is this warranted
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.

What I have said is based on studies which are authentic.

 

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so if I drank heavily for over 2 years I don,t have to worry about colon polyps. I,m sorry to keep asking so many questions.
Expert:  RK replied 7 years ago.
There is no need to worry about developing polyps if it is just 2 years.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what happens if it,s 3 or 4 years. do I have to worry then