I just had my 55 y/o checkup and besides a slightly enlarged prostate, I'm in good health. I could stand to loose 20 pounds and I'm getting up twice a night to p!ss but my doctor said I'm in good health.
Then he said I should get a colonoscopy. I've been googling around and I don't see what a colonoscopy has to with getting up twice a night to take a piss. It seems more related to prostate than anything else.
I don't want to get a colonoscopy. It seems invasive and there are possible complications.
Any thoughts on this?
Absolutely, you should get a colonoscopy. It has nothing to do with the prostate, it's not a "male" thing, women need them too.
Colon cancer gives no symptoms whatsoever until it's too far gone to treat it. It is 100% treatable if detected in time, and the colonoscopy is how it is detected. Colonoscopies done right are 100% effective - I always prefer using a clinic whose staff has been there a long time and are willing to answer the question "what do you do in order to increase the chances of catching early-stage cancer?" The correct answer is "we time our movements, making sure we are moving the colonoscope very slowly both going in and going out".
I was scared of the procedure because of the invasiveness, but it was over and done so fast....
Prep is messy - you take an overly strong laxative to perform a true colon cleanse (not like the new-agey stuff that doesn't actually do any cleansing), the goal being to be empty about a day ahead of time. You subsist on clear liquids, such as apple juice or white grape juice. If you have 20 extra pounds, this will get rid of 4-5 of them.
I went in, they had me dress in one of those backless gowns, then lay down sideways on a table. They sedate you - no anaesthesia if done right...sedation does not leave you drowsy. The doc said "how are you doing?" and I said "I'm doing...." gone. The next thing I was aware of, I was laying on my back on the same table in the same gown, the nurse said "he's awake". Doc said "we're done, everything looks fine, come back in ten years."
In my experience, this was far less of a nuisance than a typical dental cleaning, except for the day prior, when I didn't want to be more than ten feet from the bathroom.
FYI - a friend of mine, believing that she had the inside scoop on how to live forever based on an all-natural diet and lots of exercise, will not live to the end of this year. She is 58. Knowing that she had reduced her risks of cancer by her diet and exercise, she waved aside all such tests - no colonoscopy, no mammogram, etc. Her first sign of anything was a lump in a breast, so she got checked out...yes, you have breast cancer, but this one seems to have come from somewhere else, it's not an isolated tumor. An X-ray showed masses in her brain, her lungs...and her intestines were packed full of tumors. They estimate it started in the colon, over ten years earlier.