Health Tip: Colon Polyps

Smoking increases risk of precancerous growths

(HealthDay News) -- For every year a person smokes, he or she has a 4 percent increased risk of developing colon polyps -- precancerous growths in the colon, the American College of Gastroenterology says.

Smokers also have a significantly higher risk of developing more polyps and larger polyps than non-smokers.

Colon polyps usually start as benign growths and, with early detection, can be removed before they turn cancerous. People over age 50 should talk to their doctor about regular screening, and if they are also smokers, about programs to quit.

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