Diverticulitis itself is not cancerous. It is a condition that occurs when small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in the digestive system become inflamed or infected. However, chronic inflammation of the colon due to recurrent episodes of diverticulitis can increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer over time.
Inflammation can cause changes in the cells lining the colon, which can lead to the development of abnormal growths called polyps. Over time, some of these polyps can turn into cancer. This is why people with a history of diverticulitis may have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.
It’s important to note that not everyone with diverticulitis will develop cancer, and having diverticulitis does not mean that you will definitely get cancer. However, if you have a history of diverticulitis, it’s important to discuss your individual risk factors with your healthcare provider and follow recommended screening guidelines for colorectal cancer.