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does drinking lots of alcohol cause colon polyps to grow faster

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does drinking lots of alcohol cause colon polyps to grow faster and larger than if you didn,t drink
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. K. replied 7 years ago.
Absolutely. Alcohol and smoking will increase your risk of colon cancer.

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/colonpolyps_ez/

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
you mean polyps could grow larger in size in a shorter period of time than normal
Expert:  Dr. K. replied 7 years ago.
it is not clear if it will make them grow faster or if alcohol accerleates them becoming malignant. Also there are different types of polyps. What we know as a fact is that alcohol will increase the risk of colon cancer. If you already have polyps, it is important to limit alcohol consumption

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