I received an email from my colonoscopy doctor with the results of the biopsy on the two polyps they removed. Here's what he said.
Your biopsies showed that you had 2 different types of polyps. One was a tubular adenoma. An adenoma is a benign polyp, but has potential to become cancerous over time. Fortunately, your polyp was found and removed at an early stage. Because you could form more of those type of polyps in the future, another routine colonoscopy is recommended in 5 years.So I have to get another colonoscopy in five years rather than ten. Not the end of the world, but I was really hoping for ten.
The other polyp was completely benign type (call hyperplastic polyp). That type never grows into colon cancer, and can therefore be essentially ignored.
The results really show the value of getting this procedure. If I hadn't gotten it done, I'd have a potentially cancerous polyp in my colon today.