Less cancer than expected with large polyps

The vast majority of large colorectal polyps are not cancerous and can be removed with techniques that spare the colon, a new study has found.

Just 8% of the patients with large, apparently benign-looking polyps undergoing colon resections had cancer confirmed on surgical pathology, a lower rate than previously thought, the US study said.

“Currently a majority of patients undergo colon resections for

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