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February 1955


Author Affiliations

From the Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;70(2):318-322. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270080164027

POLYPS of the colon are among the commonest of neoplasms in man. They are most frequently associated with only vague symptoms or no symptoms at all, resulting much too often in neglect of the problem by patient and physician alike. The purpose of this exhibit is to emphasize the frequency of malignant degeneration and the importance of early diagnosis and eradication of polyps of the colon.

This exhibit represents a study of 1,000 male patients admitted for all causes and examined by proctosigmoidoscopy and barium enema roentgenography. The incidence of polyps in this series of hospital patients is about 15%, or approximately twice that of cancer survey centers among consecutive patients of both sexes ; yet one cannot fail to be impressed by its frequency.

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