8 Symptoms Of Colon Polyps

Blood in your stool or rectal bleeding

If you see bright red blood in your poop, in the toilet after defecating, or on the toilet paper after wiping, it may be bleeding from an irritated polyp. This is the most common symptom of larger colon polyps.


Polyps, particularly those that have gotten large, can cause bleeding. Over time this blood loss can lead to anemia, or a low red blood cell count. You may feel tired, or your doctor may notice it in a routine blood test.

New diarrhea or constipation

Any new changes in bowel movements that last longer than a week are cause for concern, says Dr. May. These can include diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency and shape of the stool.

Unexplained weight loss

Losing weight without trying is one of the hallmark signs that colon polyps have progressed into later-stage colorectal cancer. As they grow larger, they can block nutrient absorption in the colon, causing unexplained weight loss.

Abdominal Pain Or Discomfort

On its own, this symptom can have many causes...but if you feel consistent cramping or pain in your abdomen along with other symptoms on this list, it may indicate colon polyps. This can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.

Fatigue And Weakness

Anemia brought on by polyps often causes fatigue, exhaustion, and a feeling of overall weakness. If you experience this symptom along with others on this list—particularly rectal bleeding—call your doc right away.

Shortness Of Breath

Feeling always out of breath or like you can't catch your breath during normal activities is another side effect of the anemia due to blood loss.

You Can't Feel Them

There is a common myth that if the polyp gets large you will be able to feel it either through palpitating your stomach area or by inserting your fingers into your rectum.

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