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Old 01-02-09, 07:07 PM   #1
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Get tested for colon cancer!!

My favorite uncle just died of it yesterday (well, he was my only uncle on my mum's side, but hey, still my favorite). He just turned 48 last Dec 11 and now he's dead. He left behind a wife and three young kids.

I've been coming to terms with it in my own way over the past day, but now the grief is hitting me. It's horrible news to hear on new year's day so I kinda pushed it to the back of my mind. My mom heard the news right after she landed back here after visiting family, including him, in the Philippines. He died while she was on the flight, and she's devastated that she was not there for his final moments, when if she had left just a day later, she could've been there for him.

He was an oncologist, well versed in the prevention and treatment of cancers, but this disease still struck him. He did several months of chemo, but it was still not enough to beat back the disease. My mom said that even as he was in the ICU, he was still pretty lucid and in control of himself and what treatments were being done to him. In the end though, his body just gave out.

So yeah, just a friendly reminder to get tested for colon cancer.
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A good reason to avoid eating cheese, and have plenty of fiber in your diet. Not to mention avoiding contact with asbestos.
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Oh wow, Neko... I'm so sorry to hear that.
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Did the colonoscopy stuff a month or so back, and everything they say is true.

The prep work is pretty gruesome, and the gunk they make you drink is gaggably vile.

But the procedure itself goes by in a drug induced cloud, and really is painless.
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The 50+ forum has a great thread on this very subject. For those who are nervous about the colonoscopy procedure, some of the postings in the thread go into detail about what to expect. Basically, the worst part of the whole procedure is the "cleaning out" beforehand.
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I'm sorry to hear about your loss... and thanks for the words of concern.
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The 50+ forum has a great thread on this very subject. For those who are nervous about the colonoscopy procedure, some of the postings in the thread go into detail about what to expect. Basically, the worst part of the whole procedure is the "cleaning out" beforehand.

Yes Sir, the preparation is the worst part. The actual Colonoscopy, while sedated, is a non event to be followed by some of the best sleep you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy.
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The 50+ forum has a great thread on this very subject. For those who are nervous about the colonoscopy procedure, some of the postings in the thread go into detail about what to expect. Basically, the worst part of the whole procedure is the "cleaning out" beforehand.
You're not supposed to know this.

I actually have mine scheduled for 2 weeks from today.

Nekohime - I'm sorry about your uncle. I lost my favorite uncle 27 years ago at age 41 to a different form of cancer.
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Just pray you don't have to follow up with a barium Enema.
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A good reason to avoid eating cheese, and have plenty of fiber in your diet. Not to mention avoiding contact with asbestos.
Uhh... huh? Cheese? And doesn't asbestos go after your lungs? I'm confused.

Neko... my condolences. It's always hard to go through something like that.
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Yep. get tested. My wife's cousin fought colon cancer for a year and died at 10PM this xmas eve. my wife's dad died of cancer on the day after xmas (13 years ago). needless to say, my wife doesn't have strong feelings about the xmas holiday these days.
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During a physical have your internist or GP do a test to check for blood in the stool. I tested positive and when I had my colonoscopy they found one polyp and removed it. I go every three years now and I try and eat right and exercise.

Ladies and Gents please do not be embarased to go get checked. Found early, colon cancer is extremely treatable. Go get checked!!!!
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Old 01-02-09, 09:18 PM   #13
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Yep. get tested. My wife's cousin fought colon cancer for a year and died at 10PM this xmas eve. my wife's dad died of cancer on the day after xmas (13 years ago). needless to say, my wife doesn't have strong feelings about the xmas holiday these days.
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Old 01-02-09, 09:41 PM   #14
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My condolences, Niko and ILUVUK- I'm very sorry for your respective losses. Yeah, get tested. The current guideline is based on the somehow magical age of 50, but if symptoms appear earlier, or if you have a family history, or if you have a history of bowel issues, then a colonoscopy is in order. A couple of points:
1. The prep ain't all that bad- it's basically high-potency Miralax, which means a bunch of very watery BMs- anyone who's drunk the water in Mexico can relate, but without the cramps.
2. Yeah, asbestos can cause cancer (mesothelioma) in the digestive tract. Asbestos fibers can be absorbed through hand-to-mouth contact (think dirty hands on a sandwich at lunch break, or on a cigarette, after working with asbestos).
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Ladies and Gents please do not be embarased to go get checked. Found early, colon cancer is extremely treatable. Go get checked!!!!
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Damn. I'm so sorry to hear that.
This hits home. My bro-in-law was 39 when he died. Also left 3 very young daughters behind. Also colon cancer. 3 years ago. Friggin sucks to see a loved one die so slowly and you can't do **** about it.
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Sorry to hear that Neko. My 2 colon cancer acquaintances were sub-50. One is sub-10 actually.
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Yes Sir, the preparation is the worst part. The actual Colonoscopy, while sedated, is a non event to be followed by some of the best sleep you will ever have the pleasure to enjoy.
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I had one at around 35 just for the hell of it (doctor wanted a baseline to compare with as I got older).

I certainly would pick many other things I'd rather do on a sunny afternoon but it's really no biggie. Get it done, people.

Neko, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for stressing how important this early detection can be.
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Damn. I'm so sorry to hear that.
This hits home. My bro-in-law was 39 when he died. Also left 3 very young daughters behind. Also colon cancer. 3 years ago. Friggin sucks to see a loved one die so slowly and you can't do **** about it.
It really does suck to watch a loved one die of a chronic disease. I myself didn't see him when the disease struck, as I was an ocean away, but my mum was telling me about how during Christmas, my uncle was so weak, couldn't eat any of the food, and he had wasted to around 120lbs...I remember him as a strapping 5'11" buff guy, always full of energy, always challenging me to do more and think more, and occasionally taking me to watch interesting surgical procedures he was doing. I just can't imagine him as a frail, sick man, and I guess that's a good thing--I don't have to be hurt so much by images of him suffering.
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and a stigmoidoscopy. That one they don't sedate you for... I'd rather have a hammer crack the bones in my arms into a million pieces rather than have that again. Ouch.
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Sorry for your loss, Neko.

I was pretty young when my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer, so I don't know the details other than that he survived it and survived the rest of his life cancer-free (he ended up dying of a heart attack while digging a trench at almost 91 years old). I can only assume that it was caught early enough that the treatment was effective.
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Sorry to hear this, neko. I lost my dad to colon cancer. He didn't get checked, but I sure as hell do.

And folks, remember, if you've got it in your immediate family, you need to get started on screening by the time you turn 40, if not earlier.
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Sorry to hear this, neko. I lost my dad to colon cancer. He didn't get checked, but I sure as hell do.

And folks, remember, if you've got it in your immediate family, you need to get started on screening by the time you turn 40, if not earlier.
Yeah, it was a rude awakening for my mum's side. All the siblings got tested (all are over 40), and thankfully results are negative for cancer.
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