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So like how hereditary is colon cancer? My doctors have all been very get screened!!!! When I told them in the past. However I haven't had insurance for like 15 years and haven't had a full screen in like 20.
I am about to be 48 and my mom died of it at 46.
I actually just got insurance but have no Dr or anything.
 
I am late to this thread but I would definitely recommend that people check for CRC long before the standard age for tests of 50 years of age -- there are minors dying of this disease! I am now a living liver donor and gave 2/3 of my liver to a Stage 4 CRC survivor. He is the husband of a good friend who was stricken with CRC about 2 years after a clean colonoscopy. By the time they diagnosed him his cancer had spread to his liver.

The transplant surgery was performed in November of last year and he is now NED (no evidence of disease), and he will be on medications including anti-rejection drugs for life, but his life expectancy is now much longer than it would have been, i.e. 10-15 years vice 1 year. If anyone would like to know more about this life-saving procedure please DM me. If anyone has CRC or knows of someone who does please DM me for reference to a very supportive online community that helped connect my friend and I to this life-saving procedure, as well as other treatment options.
 
So like how hereditary is colon cancer? My doctors have all been very get screened!!!! When I told them in the past. However I haven't had insurance for like 15 years and haven't had a full screen in like 20.
I am about to be 48 and my mom died of it at 46.
I actually just got insurance but have no Dr or anything.
It’s very often inherited. My grandmother died from it at 43. My Dad died from it at 55. Both my brother and I have been getting screened since our 30’s and have had polyps the whole time. Guidance for people without a family history is initial screening at 45 (I think).

I have avoided colon cancer by getting screened. I strongly recommend that you get a baseline colonoscopy done as soon as you can since you have a family history. It can take a long time for these polyps to grow and you’ll never know they’re there until it’s too late. Catch it early. The insurance should cover it, but your doc can go through all of the alternatives with you.
 
It’s very often inherited. My grandmother died from it at 43. My Dad died from it at 55. Both my brother and I have been getting screened since our 30’s and have had polyps the whole time. Guidance for people without a family history is initial screening at 45 (I think).

I have avoided colon cancer by getting screened. I strongly recommend that you get a baseline colonoscopy done as soon as you can since you have a family history. It can take a long time for these polyps to grow and you’ll never know they’re there until it’s too late. Catch it early. The insurance should cover it, but your doc can go through all of the alternatives with you.
Yeah. I will bring it up to my Dr to get one
 
Don't be that guy. Especially important to get anything out of the ordinary checked out when you are in the 50+ bracket. Went to the dermatologist to get an odd patch checked in January. Turned out to be skin cancer, caught very early. Would have shrugged it off and not seen a doctor in my earlier years. Don't be that guy.

Just completed my second colonoscopy. First was 8 years ago. Prep is definitely better and I am more healthy this time around. Did the Miralax and Gatoraid mix.

Tips for the first timers.
  • Charmin is your friend. Spring for it because you will be wiping. A lot. Your butt will thank you.
  • Don't eat like it is your last meal. That will make the experience much worse.
  • Eat lighter meals for a few days before hand. I choose soup and bread for a few days before the procedure.
It is no big deal. Get checked.
 
Don't be that guy. Especially important to get anything out of the ordinary checked out when you are in the 50+ bracket. Went to the dermatologist to get an odd patch checked in January. Turned out to be skin cancer, caught very early. Would have shrugged it off and not seen a doctor in my earlier years. Don't be that guy.

Just completed my second colonoscopy. First was 8 years ago. Prep is definitely better and I am more healthy this time around. Did the Miralax and Gatoraid mix.

Tips for the first timers.
  • Charmin is your friend. Spring for it because you will be wiping. A lot. Your butt will thank you.
  • Don't eat like it is your last meal. That will make the experience much worse.
  • Eat lighter meals for a few days before hand. I choose soup and bread for a few days before the procedure.
It is no big deal. Get checked.
I took the quick liquid prep, can't remember the name but it wasn't a great experience. I found that grabbing medicated pads (Tucks or similar that use witch hazel) and some Zincofax definitely made it a much better experience.
 
Late again, but another tip for the prep is lube. Not trying to be crude, but a good application of vaseline will provide a buffer from all the business you will be doing, as well as any associated acidity. Definitely use the wipes and not TP, then reapply. I happen to be on the three year plan, so I will be going this October. The good part is that after all the prep, you get really good drugs, and get a pretty awesome nap. And on that subject, does the milky white substance they use in the giant syringe for putting you out remind anyone else of the Korova Milk Bar in "A Clockwork Orange"?
 
Late again, but another tip for the prep is lube. Not trying to be crude, but a good application of vaseline will provide a buffer from all the business you will be doing, as well as any associated acidity. Definitely use the wipes and not TP, then reapply. I happen to be on the three year plan, so I will be going this October. The good part is that after all the prep, you get really good drugs, and get a pretty awesome nap. And on that subject, does the milky white substance they use in the giant syringe for putting you out remind anyone else of the Korova Milk Bar in "A Clockwork Orange"?
If I woke up to find Malcolm McDowall sitting next to me in recovery, I might *MIGHT* take my chances with the polyps.

Nope. Give me the prep, propofol and clean bill of health.
 
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