Last week I went in for what I thought was going to be removal of an internal hemmorhoid that had been bothering me quite a bit for the last couple months (bleeding and protruding). The surgeon discovered that instead, it was a large polyp (which he removed). I'm 39 years old and had my first colonoscopy at age 29 after my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. I've had 3 colonoscopies since and polyps were discovered and removed twice. My most recent was in 2008 and one small polyp was removed. I was told I'd have to come back in 5 years for my next colonoscopy. Now, two years early, I'm having a large, bleeding polyp removed. I should have went sooner but me and my family doctor believed this was a hemmorhoid as the symptoms are similar. My mother died of colon cancer 4 years ago and my father has had polyps removed at least twice. Doctor says I'll need a colonoscopy right away. I meet with him later this week to find out results of the biopsy but in the meantime I'm so worried. I've done my regular screenings so I'm hopeful it was caught early enough but still scary to think something grew that big, that fast.View Thread
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