Glossary Term:


familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)


fa-<b>mil</b>-e-uhl ad-<b>no</b>-muh-tus or <b>ad</b>-uh-<b>NO</b>-muh-tus<b> pa</b>-lih-<b>PO</b>-sis


An inherited condition in which many polyps form on the inner wall of the colon and rectum. A polyp is an abnormal growth on the inner lining of organs. Having FAP puts a person at an increased risk for getting colorectal cancer at an early age. FAP can also increase the risk of getting cancers of the stomach, small intestine, liver, adrenal gland, thyroid, brain, pancreas, and bile duct.