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Screening colonoscopy

Posted by @suerc, Dec 30, 2018

I had a screening colonoscopy at 50 and it was normal. No history of colon cancer in family. Screening at 60 the other day they found 3 polyps. He said the 2 small ones look ok but the larger one he had to put a clip on it . So he was going to send it to pathology to be sure. Any takes on this

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Hi @suerc, Polyps in the colon are very common and most polyps are not cancerous. 3 years ago I also had a polyp removed and sent to pathology. It turned out to be an adenoma – a PREcancerous polyp. When a precancerous polyp is found, it is likely that more frequent colonoscopies will be recommended. It typically takes years for a precancerous polyp to develop into cancer. So with proper screening, colon cancer can be stopped in its tracks.

You may find some of the videos on this page useful https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/tab/colorectal-cancer/
Mayo Clinic experts talk about colon cancer screening, lowering risk and more.

Keep asking questions.

It is what it is if it it is cancer u will deal with it just as i am dealing with kine. Its a shovk at first but things will gwt better and work out. Tgey found a hugh mass on my colon i am going throuhg recovery now fromsurgery and waitting to see what stage

@colleenyoung

Hi @suerc, Polyps in the colon are very common and most polyps are not cancerous. 3 years ago I also had a polyp removed and sent to pathology. It turned out to be an adenoma – a PREcancerous polyp. When a precancerous polyp is found, it is likely that more frequent colonoscopies will be recommended. It typically takes years for a precancerous polyp to develop into cancer. So with proper screening, colon cancer can be stopped in its tracks.

You may find some of the videos on this page useful https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/tab/colorectal-cancer/
Mayo Clinic experts talk about colon cancer screening, lowering risk and more.

Keep asking questions.

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Thanks so much. So then how often do they do colonoscopies on you ? Every 5 yrs or 3 yrs ?

3/5yrs sometimes every 6 mths. They have not told me yet. Isnt the prep great!!! Lol not!

do not worry about it now , just wait for the biopsy report . if it is cancer and it is more than 10 mm large then it is more problematic . but if i were you i would start doing the colonoscopy each 5 years even it is not cancer .

@dianemarcia

3/5yrs sometimes every 6 mths. They have not told me yet. Isnt the prep great!!! Lol not!

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Wounderful

@hrant

do not worry about it now , just wait for the biopsy report . if it is cancer and it is more than 10 mm large then it is more problematic . but if i were you i would start doing the colonoscopy each 5 years even it is not cancer .

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Thanks

I do have a history of colon cancer in my family. Several years a I had a Colonoscopy (CO) and had 4 polyps of various sizes. All turned out to be the kind that do grow into cancer. they had a name adonomous or something like that.they were removed during the CO.
two years later I repeated the test and had none. now 3 years later I will get another CO. from my understanding the precancerous ones take a long time to turn into cancer. The others are not a problem.

just to reply to everyone my colon polyps were negative. so not all polyps are cancerous. yay. but I am on a every 5 yr screening.

@suerc

just to reply to everyone my colon polyps were negative. so not all polyps are cancerous. yay. but I am on a every 5 yr screening.

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Great news!

@suerc

just to reply to everyone my colon polyps were negative. so not all polyps are cancerous. yay. but I am on a every 5 yr screening.

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This is great news, @suerc. I'm so happy that you don't need the support of this particular group on colon cancer. You're right that not all polyps are cancerous. Still it's hard to believe that when they send it out to be tested. Thanks for reporting back the good news.

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