Webinar: Screening and Prevention for Colon Cancer

Wed, Mar 25, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm ET


Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, Paul J. Limburg, M.D. discusses information on colon cancer prevention and screening methods. A live question and answer session followed his presentation.



You may post questions here.

If Doctor has discovered sessile 5mm polyp and removed it (biopsy didn’t show any cancer luckily) on someone under age of 40, is recommendation for another colonoscopy in 5 years or sooner? He has suggested another follow up colonoscopy in 5 years due to such type of polyp. My concern is should it be sooner or not necessary due to age, and no direct family colon cancer history (except uncle). Thank you!

How are Polyps formed or what is the main cause? Genetics or the lifestyle such as food intake? Any specific prevention and can someone develop polyps and still never turn into a cancer? Thanks!

My Mother died of colon cancer at age 81. My older brother (84) and I (74) have colonoscopies every two years. Each of us have polyps removed during the colonoscopy. As we get older should we continue on the two year cycle of colonscopies?

Hello! Perhaps this issue will be covered in the webinar, but I wanted to make sure it gets out there. As far as I know, most current guidelines recommend first colonoscopy at age 50 if asymptomatic. In short, my paternal grandfather was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer that had already metastisized extensively to his mandible. In fact, his first and only symptom at that time was numbness in his jaw. There was no obvious blood in stool as his colon cancer was flat. I’ve often wonder if he’d be alive today if he’d only had an early colonoscopy. He died at age 60. His mother, my paternal greatgrandmother, died from colon cancer in her mid 70s. I have had to fight like hell to have colonoscopies at ages 30, 35, and 40. All of my scopes have been unremarkable, but my father began having numerous precancerous polyps removed in his early 40s. Isn’t reasonable to begin screening my family by age 30 or 40?? Thanks

I’m almost 40. My aunt just died a fast, brutal metastatic colorectal cancer. I have the similar family history of digestive health and immune system issues/allergies, food sensitivities. How young is too young to use the cologuard product to pre-screen? How do I get it covered by insurance?

my doctor described the complications of a colonoscopy to me. I have my very first one scheduled for next month. I realize that a colonoscopy is the most widely used means of detecting polyps. I am wondering, though, how effective and popular alternative methods, like genetic testing(?), are? I suppose that I am just nervous about my pending colonoscopy.


Is there type of blood work to test genetics part of it or who are at higher risks having a (gastric type) cancer such as what we have seen with A. Jolie and tests she had. As someone has asked below, are there any other alternative tests to determine what are your risks?

When a tubular adenoma is found on an EGD test what is the outlook for recurrence and how often should surveillance be done?

I missed saying the tubular adenoma was in the cardia of the stomach and biopsy showed low grade dysplasia but when it was removed it was shown to be high grade dysplasia. (This is further information for the post at 12:17 pm today.

do certain races have higher/lower risks?

I have been diagnosed with SPS I have now had 20 flat polyps removed do you need to remove the colon in theses cases?

U what can be given to prevent nausea -vomiting in the preparation leading up to colonoscopy

in round numbers what is the cost of the tests

If someone has abdominal bengin tumor or nodule as described under age 40 and no cancer appearance (already biopsied). How often should it be monitored and are there any special way to get it removed or should it just be monitored? Tnx!

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