Dr. Harish Gagneja with Austin Gastro on Large Polyps

Dr. Harish Gagneja, a gastroenterologist with Austin Gastro, discusses a recent study that shows why it is safer and more cost effective to remove large colon polyps endoscopically rather than with surgery. Risk factors for large polyps include sedentary lifestyle, high fat/low fiber diet, genes and family history, smoking and alcohol consumption. Because there is no way to prevent large colon polyps from forming, and because all colon polyps have the potential to develop into cancer, it is incredibly important for people to have regular screening colonoscopies. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, provided that polyps are discovered and removed before they have the chance to turn into cancer.

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