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Colonoscopy at 50?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 09, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Everybody I know gets a colonoscopy when they turn 50. What do ya'all think about that?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:45 PM

And from reading your answer I am quite sorry for your loss.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I think this nugget sums up my reason for skepticism...."Even though studies show that screening can reduce disease-specific mortality from colorectal cancer, there is little evidence that it reduces all-cause mortality. So as far as we know, screening probably won’t prolong your life. It seems like it should: I don’t understand why it doesn’t, and it bothers me. This certainly isn’t the message we’re getting from the media and from the medical profession." From the same article above...I'm not too interested staving off one disease to die from another. Hence my interest in holistic care.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 10, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Bree: I can appreciate clinical experiences, but also have to take into account other methods and general degree of injury the procedure at question may cause. Of high interest to me is that these tests rarely effect all cause mortality in any meaningful way. The article I point to discusses the pros and cons pretty well, and I'll continue to keep an open mind in regards to future research. Do not worry, I don't come to any health decisions without thorough research. Thanks!

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:50 PM

JayJay please read Annika's post - if you already are seeing these signs it may well be too late to help - colon cancer can be a-symptomatic for a long time

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:14 AM

do it, its nothing, and if they find anything cool in there they will get it out for ya!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:00 AM

I can't know if I had troubles from the test, because SAD was giving me plenty of vague chronic issues already. I'd say I didn't notice anything new.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Did you have troubles with digestion afterwards, ie. gut flora?

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I hear ya! Sorry for your loss.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Well, I won't hit 50 for another 4 years. But I know a lot of people struggle with this. It's a big moneymaker for the hospitals, and from JayJay's link above it says you have a 6% chance of getting colon cancer and colonoscopies reduce risk by 15-35%. Hopefully and expert chimes in.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:01 AM

My fear is the bowel prep. I believe it kills all your gut flora and you can have a hard time growing it back. Leaky gut anyone?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 09, 2011
at 10:26 PM

found this interesting read on it...http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/questioning-colonoscopy/

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(12379)

on November 09, 2011
at 10:21 PM

Having lost a loved one to colon cancer - DO IT!

It's easily caught and treated if found early

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I hear ya! Sorry for your loss.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:14 AM

do it, its nothing, and if they find anything cool in there they will get it out for ya!

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Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on November 10, 2011
at 01:55 AM

I'm a GI endoscopy nurse and spend most days assisting with colonoscopies. I can tell you that we have caught quite a few early cancers in asymptomatic people in their 50s coming in for screening. Caught that early, usually they have to have a bowel resection surgery and they are done - no chemo or radiation. Wait until you are symptomatic, and it's a completely different story. We find polyps every day - snip, snip, and they are gone. Some are benign, but others would slowly grow into a cancer if left alone for a few more years.

The issue of bowel prep and gut flora does concern me, but I have not researched it. Loading up on probiotic foods after a scope would certainly be a wise precaution.

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on November 10, 2011
at 12:44 AM

Colon cancer can be a nearly silent killer, and it's a fairly common cancer. Why not get checked at 50 and see if there are potential problems?

I got a colonoscopy and endoscopy at age 24 because I was worried about the state of my guts. Frankly the only part of the procedure that wasn't a breeze for me was fasting beforehand (I did eat a low-residue diet for a week before the procedure, so things got 'cleaned out' very quick!).

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 09, 2011
at 10:00 PM

My doctor sent me for one at 50 and I was really nervous because of my history of compulsive junk-food eating and joint issues.

Came back "completely normal" with color photos and said they didn't want to see me again for 10 years. I slept much better and I was grateful to her for the peace of mind.

You can say it was an unnecessary test but only because of the result. It could have been different, because my older brother's came back with diverticulitis and he's had several polyps removed already.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 10, 2011
at 01:00 AM

I can't know if I had troubles from the test, because SAD was giving me plenty of vague chronic issues already. I'd say I didn't notice anything new.

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Did you have troubles with digestion afterwards, ie. gut flora?

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on November 09, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Have you been paleo for the last dozen years? If not, get the colonoscopy. Then if you remain clean paleo I can see an argument for taking longer than average between colonoscopies. Would love to hear an expert opinion, since I'm just talking out of my [colonoscopy reference].

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Well, I won't hit 50 for another 4 years. But I know a lot of people struggle with this. It's a big moneymaker for the hospitals, and from JayJay's link above it says you have a 6% chance of getting colon cancer and colonoscopies reduce risk by 15-35%. Hopefully and expert chimes in.

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7d01d86c539003eed77cf901bf037412

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on November 13, 2011
at 06:57 AM

I have a family history (father and two aunts have all had bowel cancer, my mother died from breast cancer which may be correlated) and needed no persuading to have one at 40. Apart from losing a day to prep and recovery from sedation, I didn't suffer at all and I gained a lot of peace of mind.

My Dad had no symptoms at all and only got the colonoscopy because his sister had been diagnosed with bowel cancer. His cancer had already moved to lymph nodes. He got away with losing a foot of colon and six months of chemotherapy and is still ok 7 years later. But I wouldn't count on waiting for symptoms. As far as gut flora goes, I figure that I'm living in the same microbiological environment and eating in the same way and if I lose any bugs they'll reestablish quickly.

If you don't have any reason to suspect genetic susceptibility, you may not need the reassurance the way I do.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 09, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Without reason ie. diarrhea, bloody stool, or general change in bowel habits... I'm a bit more skeptical than your average joe about random tests based on age alone.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 09, 2011
at 10:26 PM

found this interesting read on it...http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/questioning-colonoscopy/

61a27a8b7ec2264b1821923b271eaf54

(3175)

on November 10, 2011
at 12:01 AM

My fear is the bowel prep. I believe it kills all your gut flora and you can have a hard time growing it back. Leaky gut anyone?

Medium avatar

(12379)

on November 10, 2011
at 05:50 PM

JayJay please read Annika's post - if you already are seeing these signs it may well be too late to help - colon cancer can be a-symptomatic for a long time

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 10, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Bree: I can appreciate clinical experiences, but also have to take into account other methods and general degree of injury the procedure at question may cause. Of high interest to me is that these tests rarely effect all cause mortality in any meaningful way. The article I point to discusses the pros and cons pretty well, and I'll continue to keep an open mind in regards to future research. Do not worry, I don't come to any health decisions without thorough research. Thanks!

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 10, 2011
at 07:45 PM

And from reading your answer I am quite sorry for your loss.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 10, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I think this nugget sums up my reason for skepticism...."Even though studies show that screening can reduce disease-specific mortality from colorectal cancer, there is little evidence that it reduces all-cause mortality. So as far as we know, screening probably won’t prolong your life. It seems like it should: I don’t understand why it doesn’t, and it bothers me. This certainly isn’t the message we’re getting from the media and from the medical profession." From the same article above...I'm not too interested staving off one disease to die from another. Hence my interest in holistic care.

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C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

on November 13, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Do it. I had one at 16 and they found two precancerous polyps. Sure, I have a family history, but it's a very common cancer that's easy to catch early. The procedure potentially saved my life.

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