If it is the cost some of you guys are concerned about, Harbor Freight to the rescue again. https://www.harborfreight.com/digital-inspection-camera-61839.html
All kidding aside, I have a family history of colon cancer, so I had my first colonoscopy at 49 and another about 2 days ago at 54. Polyps were removed both times. Not a big deal, good preventative maintenance.
Learned my lesson on my first one. Schedule it in the afternoon. No sleep and shitting all night long is not fun. With late afternoon appointments you start drinking the mix in the morning.
I always get the regular colonoscopy now. I got the extra strength colonoscopy once, but it made it uncomfortable to sit for about a week!
as lots of others here
53 years old, also linked with my mom/cancer (RIP), than got the 1st one last year because doc was saying i'd better to do it... (all is OK)
the exam itself was absolutly nothing (in my case), but drinking that sh*t potion the day before was an absolute nightmare (well, more near the end than in the begining)
next one is in (5) 4 years...
Quoted from FlippinJimmy:
The television ad for Cologuard says for 50+ the false positives are 13% and false negatives are 8%
Also need to figure in only a 69% detection rate for large, precancerous polyps. Plus true positives and the 13% false positives will need to have a colonoscopy done as a next step. Of course, that's a whole lot better than getting a false negative.
All that said, for those with issues/sensitivity to anesthesia or who may stress over the prep and procedure it is a WHOLE lot better than doing nothing.
I was diagnosed with colon cancer (stage 1) at 46. Had a colon resection with no chemo or radiation, thankfully. I have been on an annual colonoscopy schedule and cancer free since. If the cancer grew another centimeter it would have been rectal cancer and I would be shitting in a bag for the rest of my life.
What you guys should know....
- Start getting checked in your 40s. The current recommended age of 50 is too late.
- 99% of all colon cancer cases are preventable with a colonoscopy and prompt removal of polyps that can be done during your colonoscopy.
- When you are diagnosed with cancer, the Drs can not tell you if it has metastasized nor can they tell you what stage cancer you have until all the scans and testing is completed. The Drs can only tell you that you have cancer.... not knowing will be the worst week of your life.
GET YOUR COLONOSCOPY
this is my glorious polyp.....it was a biggun........colonoscopy probably saved my life....i have family history of colon cancer........
I got one, Can't wait till my next one! They gave me Propofol, The same stuff that killed Michael Jackson. It was great!!!! For a split second.
I recently had my first (age 50). Turns out my colon was a bit convoluted and they could not probe as deep as they wanted.
Plan B: Barium enema x-ray. Look it up.
Who could have imagined that such a horrible thing would exist? I spent most of the procedure quietly giggling to myself because I thought my predicament could be good shtick for a standup comedian. It was the only thing my brain could latch on to.
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