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post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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colonoscopy: do I really need it?

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?

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post #2 of 73 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 10:40 AM
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the american medical system tends to over-treat a lot. There is some risk, but of course there is some risk of not doing it.
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Re: colonoscopy: do I really need it?

Maybe I'll wait a year to have it done.
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A colonoscopy is a routine procedure that begins at 50. Most insurance plans accept it as such and is part of yearly routine exams. Your are past due on this one for 5 years now. Prevention is key. Why are you arguing with your doctor? Doesn't he have your best interest in mind?

He has nothing to gain by sending you to get this procedure done as he is not performing it. I believe that if everything is okay in the first colonoscopy, you are not due another until 5 years later. If something is found at the time the procedure is done, the doctor will most of the time take care of it then and there. That is when this procedure becomes a routine part of your life. Just like blood work is for making sure you stay healthy as you age.

It's scary, but it's something that you need done. I hate Pap smears and mammograms, but I gotta get those done every year anyway...sigh

Good things come to those who wait...greater things come to those who get off their a$$ and do anything to make it happen.
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You only have one life. If you don't value your health, who will? Strangers on the Internet?

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The procedure itself is nothing -- you're totally out for that. What people really dread is the prep -- for good reason -- but there's no getting around that and you just have to deal with it. Sure, you can put it off for a year (I put mine off for many years) but you don't gain anything by postponing it and it will be in the back of your mind until it's done. I kept postponing mine (no history of problems in my family) but finally had it done and now I don't have to think of it again for awhile.
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You should get a colonoscopy. Doctors recommended it after age 50. I just had one and I'm 52. They found some polyps but they weren't cancerous. My husband had one at 47 because his Uncle died of colon cancer. The worst part is drinking the stuff to clean you out, but I was out during the procedure, so that was a piece of cake.
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Yes, get the colonoscopy.

A lot of people get polyps as they get older. It's better to have them removed before they get bigger and before they become per-cancerous, and especially before they become cancerous.
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Do it and put your mind at ease. The only thing I don't like about them is the prep. Other than that,it's an easy procedure.


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There's nothing to getting a colonoscopy. Thinking about it is the worst part. Get it done.
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I had one at 50, yea, the prep sucks but not worse than bad ethnic food resulting in heavy duty Montezuma's Revenge...

I'll have another in the next 12 months. My brother was not told to have them despite very high-risk due to Crohns disease. He passed on due to colon cancer in his 50's, a tribute to non US style medicine...
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Yes, the prep you drink is awful but it's so much better than it was years ago. The prep I had two years ago was clear and looked like water -- not the old thick and chalky stuff a friend of mine had to get down when she started having them decades ago.

My problem was keeping the prep down because there's a lot of it to drink and the kind I was given had a taste sort of like cough syrup. And I hate cough syrup. However, not everyone has a problem with the taste or with keeping it down and it's not a reason to delay the procedure (although it was the reason I stupidly delayed mine for many years). Luckily, I didn't get punished for my stupidity but that was an unnecessary risk to take. So don't wait.
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The invasive aspect is what has kept me from getting one. I'm sure I'll break down and get one (one of these days).
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There is a brand new test available, recently FDA approved, for early detection of colon cancer and it's non-invasive.

It is called Cologuard, and uses stool DNA changes for early detection of colon cancer.
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