Colon & rectal polyps

An overview of Providence Health Care’s services and resources for patients with colon and rectal polyps.


Colon and rectal polyps are clumps of cells that grow in the large intestine, also known as the colon, and rectum.

Most polyps are harmless and do not cause symptoms. Some polyps can develop into colorectal cancer. We recommend regular screening if you are 50 to 74 years old. This is to catch and remove polyps before they turn cancerous.


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Diagnosis & testing

At Providence Health Care, we use four main tests to diagnose colon and rectal polyps.

Treatment & management

To prevent colorectal cancer, we recommend removing any colon and rectal polyps that we find.

At Providence, we can remove polyps during a colonoscopy. In some cases, the polyp is too large or complicated to remove in the scheduled procedure time. If this happens, we'll rebook the removal for another day.

Current guidelines also recommend you get follow up screening every three to five years. This is to catch and remove new polyps early before they become precancerous.

Support services

Providence offers a variety of services to support those we care for. The following services may be of use or benefit to you and your families.

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344,62937 or email

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.

Education & resources

Clinical trials & research

Advances in colon & rectal polyps treatments are all thanks to medical research. While participating in research is a decision you should make for yourself in consultation with your care team, there is much activity in this area so please ask us about our research programs if you’re interested.

By taking part in research, you can help us all learn more about colon & rectal polyps and find better ways to help people like you live and thrive with the condition. While you cannot assume benefit to yourself, your participation can make a difference in improving care for future patients.

The following clinical trials are currently enrolling volunteers. Please ask your care team for more information or contact the research team listed on each study or trial. For other information about research at Providence Health Care, please visit Providence Research.

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