People undergoing Procedures for Unnecessary risk of Bowel Cancer

People undergoing Procedures for Unnecessary risk of Bowel CancerIt has been revealed by researchers that too many people are likely to have procedures performed on them to remove growths in their bowel that might not develop into cancer. There are many people at unnecessary risk of bowel perforation and major bleeding.

Bowel polyps are small growths on the lining of the colon or rectum. According to experts, these are common and are seen in 15% to 20% of the British population. Well, experts are of the view that they are very less likely to cause symptoms, but it would be wrong to say that none of them will turn into cancer if left untreated.

This risk leads to remove the growth in those having a colonoscopy as part of investigations for bowel symptoms.

A sessile polyp is a name used for some polyps that have a tiny raised area or bulge. Others are similar to a grape on a stalk and some consist of many tiny bumps clustered together.

Geir Hoff and colleagues in Norway mentioned their findings in the British Medical Journal. They revealed that there was a need of more evidence to ensure that risks of removing harmless polyps did not become a reality.

Mark Flannagan, chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said, "If bowel cancer is detected at an early stage, there is over a 90 per cent chance of it being successfully treated".