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Old 08-02-07, 08:38 PM
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Over 40 - READ THIS thread

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=326995

I am only 47 and certainly wish I knew this when I was 40 and could have prevented surgery. The 1/2 hour procedure could have saved me from what I am going to have to go through for the next five years!!

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Old 08-02-07, 08:41 PM
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I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago. Next due in 2010.

...such a pain in the azz...
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I don't think they do routine colonoscopys on people until they are 50 unless they are at risk.
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My first was at 38 because of a polyp.
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40? I guess that gives me 19 more years.
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Drs. told me my carcinoma was ~ 10 years in the making - from polyp to 3/4 wrap around sigmoid/rectal connection. This means a polyp removal was probably possible at 40. While there is a family history - genetic version was ruled out.

Surgeon mentioned that they seem to be seeing it in younger people than before. They do not know why.

Better to be ahead of it than behind (joke).

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I don't think they do routine colonoscopys on people until they are 50 unless they are at risk.
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Old 08-02-07, 10:47 PM
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I've had one before for semi unrelated reasons in college. Not that bad and a good call. I have a friend who is 36 who had cancer develop in her colon...
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Colonoscopy every three years. PSA and prostate exam every year as two brothers had prostate cancer. Physical every year that includes basic blood workup and other tests as needed.

islandboy, I hope everything turns out well for you. Prayers and best wishes going out!
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best wishes to all of you!

37 and worrying...
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Had my first at 53. Not due back until 2014. Clean as a whistle. My wife on the other hand has had 3 in the last 6 years. The last one, they found no nasties, so it's 2010 for her next one.

What I thought was cool was watching it on the tube. I had some polyps, but doc was pretty sure they were benign. He snipped a couple for testing and zapped the others with his spiffy laser. I watched them disappear in a cloud as he punched his button. The absolute worst part of it all was the prep the night before.
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My mother lost most of her colon to cancer 17 years ago...so I'm "at risk". Fortunately, she's been cancer free since.

So...Had my first colonoscopy at age 46. It was performed without anesthetic and two ployps were removed. It was completely painless.

I think a prostate examination is more uncomfortable, and my doctor has small fingers!

Yeah, it's fun to watch your rectal journey on the video!

My next one is next week, in fact. Time to see Dr. Ben Dover.

A colonoscopy every three years is a small price to pay to basically eliminate the possibility of colon cancer.

Great post islandboy, and best wishes!
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For those who can't stomach the idea of a louisville slugger being shoved up there, there is an alternative. The virtual colonoscopy uses a CAT scan and does a pretty good job of detecing polyps. It aint cheap, but its a good alternative.
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I'm only 31 (for another week) but I had my first colonoscopy when I was 30. Found out I have IBS, what a pain!!!
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With no symptoms or anything, my first one'll be at 50. In the meantime, I got my finger wave at 40, get another at 45 and get annual PSAs during my flight physicals. Getting old just keeps getting bettter, huh?
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A colonoscopy is still a medical procedure. It's important to point that out since there are risks with every medical procedure. I know a lady that raised 13 kids lived to 70, went in for a colonoscopy and died 8 days later. They perforated her colon and nobody caught it in time.

My point? I think colonoscopy's are a great insurance policy against cancer of the colon and other parts of the lower GI tract, but let's not hand them out like chiclets. My doctor and a Gastroenterologist told me that it was unnecessary for people less than 40 unless they were in a high risk category.

I'm still going to side with the experts on this one.
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I've had one colonoscopy to help determine a problem I won't go into. Let's just say all is well now. Anyway, I went into the room and lay down on the table. As I went in there were two nurses/assistants/technicians standing in the hall talking. Both were about 20 which was 10 years younger than me at the time. One was male and I didn't notice much about him. The other was a female and an outstanding one at that. An 11 on a scale of 10. The two said good buy and one left when the doctor showed. I assumed it was the male who stayed. Ohhhh noooooo, I soon realized I was going to have this babe holding this tube up, well you know where. I was mortified. I know that to them it's routine and I was just another patient but to me it was no fun at all.
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