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22 Aug 2007

Article on Calcium
In the Calcium article, this statement is made. "...But colon cancer is not the only condition that can affect the colon – there is also something called a colorectal adenoma, also known as colon polyps, which is a precursor to colon cancer."

I am a 53 year old female. I just had my first colonoscopy, which was recommended because I had had 3 infections in my bowel causing pain in the lower left area of my abdomen. Polyps were not discovered, but a few diverticulae were. They were not determined to be severe and I was sent home with a diet recommending high fiber and no seeds or nuts. I have not only followed the recommendations, but completely changed my diet to include veggies and fruits, FINALLY...no trans fats, blah, blah, blah...

My question is, (I know you're rolling your eyes...lol) do these diverticulae have the same danger as a precursor to cancer, as polyps do?

Thanks for your time.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Bryant1953
This is not a dumb question at all! No, diverticulae do not pose a danger as polyps do for development of colon cancer.
Read this article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diverticulitis/DS00070
( and I did not roll my eyes... :-)
Dr Bets
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