My last one was in 2013 and the oncologist said he didn't need to see me until 2018. Decided today to move that up a year. Saw the doctor and he agreed that it's reasonable to get another one soon. Awaiting word, but I should be booked later this month.
I have a good incentive, actually. Health Services (government) flies me to the nearest hospital, 400-miles away in Yellowknife, they put me up in a hotel for three or four nights, give me $50 a day for meals and then fly me back home. I get to see my sons and do some shopping. I'm not out a penny. Hell of a deal! Why wouldn't I want a camera up my ass?
"Put out my hand and touched the face of God"
I find it interesting in all of the above posts I can't see the word 'diet'.
Obviously families tend to eat the same meal around the dinner table so is that where 'family history' comes into it, or is it the DNA? Randy?
The 'AVERAGE' American diet is shite, the Australian diet almost the same and having spent a good deal of time in the UK of late the diet there is double shite. (maybe I need a better class of accommodation)
But I've had the referal from the doctor on my bedside table for the past year and haven't 'manned-up' enough for the procedure. It's time.
Did it about two years ago. Turning 47 this year.
Just now put "schedule routine physical" into my do-it list. It'll end up including a colonoscopy, cuz it's been a few years. Im already a prostate cancer survivor, and the "c" word scares the heck out of me. Thanks for the reminder.
My SPOT: tinyurl.com/N4328M (case sensitive)
Thanks, turn 49 this year, a little nervous about going to the doctor fearing they might find bad things... anyone share that feeling? I need to find a cure for that..
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My wife's son is 38. His father died of colon cancer at 31, which means he should have started screenings at 25. He did not. Believe it or not he works as a radiology tech, but kept putting off his colonoscopy. I backed him in a corner and put my finger on his chest and said, "You have a child now, you need to think of her, and I for one am not doing the "cancer support thing" again." He got his colonoscopy and they found 3 pre-cancerous polyps. It saved his life. Do not delay these things.
The aviator formally known as 89.
Those of you who know me know that I had a bad experience with a colonoscopy several years ago. I have chosen not to go into that given that it would be entirely counterproductive to add a scare factor into a procedure that is actually very, very safe.
One word of caution, though...Vette the GI doc who is doing the procedure. Check them out, carefully. I thought I had, but was (almost dead) wrong.
That one experience doesn't put me off at all. The lesson was to make sure you see the guy that does them daily. My next time is coming up this spring.
As some are aware--- I was employed actively in healthcare delivery (RN) for over twenty years. Have followed this thread with great interest and presently have a family member recently diagnosed. PLEASE-- reaching age 50-- do TWO things: schedule a colonoscopy-- and make damn sure your GP does a PSA ( Prostate Specific Antigen) test at your annual physical--simple blood test wrapped in with your other blood work. Kill two birds with one stone.
Prevention: As you can read from the enclosure URL-- a preventative diet is inconclusive--but not ruled out. I have spoken with multiple GI docs and most suspect that regular bowel habits ie having a bowel movement everyday reduces the amount of toxins collecting in your bowel awaiting evacuation. A high fiber diet offers additional stimulus to have a daily bowel movement. I have had people tell me that they go three and four days without a BM. I don't understand how that is possible, but I advise them that it simply is not a good practice for a multitude of reasons and they need to change their diet ie more fruits/veggies/ high fiber breakfast cereal/oatmeal etc.
Someone mentioned a female doc. Everyone has the same plumbing. I think after a certain age-- people just don't seem to care, but younger people are more reticent. Medical professionals just don't care--it's just anatomy and they have a job to do and do the best for their patient.
One other thing that is very important. be your own BEST ADVOCATE. If you have something going on-- and you know something just ain't right, see your physician/healthcare provider and tell them. If they don't find your concerns remarkable or of concern-- please--- don't take no for an answer--- tell them that you want the matter pursued because you wouldn't be there otherwise. Someone mentioned that an RN sat up and took notice. Most healthcare practitioners can tell the difference between a frequent flyer and someone that has a legitimate issue-- some have difficulty. Don't be afraid of being assertive--or if push comes to shove--go see someone else. When your GP gives you a referral for a GI guy-- ask: " Is this their specialty, do they do this on a regular basis? Go online and see if you can find if they have had "issues." You can go to the State Board of Registration in Medicine to ascertain if the physician has had past problems. Again--- be your own best advocate-- a knowledgeable consumer.
Hey Chris...first of all, Jim and I are thinking of you and April and Effie daily. Secondly, I haven't been on sc.org for quite some time but logged in this afternoon and read this entire thread....and I thank you for posting this because I'm one of those people. My maternal grandmother and great-grandmother died of cancer in their early 80s that originated in the colon. My mom has had a couple of polyps removed (both in her 60s). I am overdue for my first given that I should be starting early because, you know. I had ACA as a self-employed person and two fellow self-employed people I'm close to got stuck with bills (from colonoscopies) that they shouldn't have. Then I went to airline training. Then I was on reserve. The last two were valid as no way was I able to schedule something during that time with a crazily unpredictable schedule, but I should have scheduled before I even started training. Now I am a lineholder and my March schedule includes 10 consecutive days off to end the month, so I will be calling next week and hopefully scheduling within that stretch. I knew I needed to get the ball rolling and I am just a hair younger than you but not by much. So yes, you have made a difference because I'm finally making the call.The sad part is the participation. The only ones here are those already affected by it. I might have done the same thing last year. How do you "promote" this. Just like breast cancer awareness. How do we raise awareness when everyone pays no attention.
Hang in there.
We're called Clinical Laboratory Scientists. I did it for 40 years and loved it. Bacteriology, virology, parasitology, hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, immunology, and immunohematology (blood bank). Stool occult blood analysis is just part of it, and not just the junior guy. Usually girl, actually. Most CLS's are women. I did it a lot even as a lab supervisor in the second busiest trauma center in California.
To the point of the thread: I just had my second one a couple of months ago. Both were done without any anesthesia. The prep was worse in both cases. Don't be afraid of it. It's even pretty cool to watch, particularly with the new HD cameras they use now!
Hey, maybe I should post the video here!
Cancer is caused by inflammation (could be from a variety of different sources... radiation, UV, chemicals, bad diet, etc), but this one is in the digestive system, which is now dominated by highly inflammatory omega 6 industrial vegetable oils (didn't exist 60 years ago and do not occur in nature) and processed carbage!
Fiber is a red herring -- the dogma of fiber as a "healthy" was totally invented back in 1971 by Denis Burkitt (a contemporary of fraudster Ancel Keys who did the anti-saturated fat "7 countries study" that conveniently left out a whole bunch of other countries for which the data didn't agree with his conclusions). He went to Uganda and came up with a "study" that showed this one native tribe didn't get heart disease because they ate some fiber. He ignored other tribes in the same area that also didn't get heart disease but didn't eat any fiber! Like the Ancel Keys fiasco, the one also took off due to a powerful alliance of politicians, medical establishment, and the food industry.
See more info here:
- No evidence to suggest that dietary fiber reduces bowel cancer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12076480/
- Dietary fiber intake inversely associated with risk of colorectal cancer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16352792/
- No evidence that fiber reduces the risk of dying from heart disease: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12032650/
- Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435786/
- High fiber diet increases risk of diverticulosis: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22062360
To make matters worse on the colon cancer front, now you have pill pusher doctors prescribing statins for everything! Why is this related? Because these dangerous drugs are designed to interfere with critical liver and cellular function to decrease LDL-C levels in the blood, under the false premise that this will reduce the risk of heart attacks (when in fact statins actually increase heart attack risk: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25655639).
Cholesterol is an anti-oxidant that is used to repair inflammatory damage (LDL-C is the delivery mechanism to the cells where it is needed). That includes inflammatory damage in the bowels! Here is a discussion with links to multiple scientific studies about this -- showing that LDL-C levels are inversely correlated with colon cancer: http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.c...%20cholesterol
The bottom line is that to reduce your risk of colon cancer, eat real food that our small digestive systems were meant to eat -- which includes healthy doses of animal fat (loaded in nutrients that are hard to get from other sources, like D3, CoQ10 and K2) and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids (especially DHA & EPA) to counter inflammatory omega 6's. Avoid vegetable fats and processed carbage (which makes up about 80% of the content of your average supermarket today).
I know there is nothing funny about colon cancer, but I always find a little humor helps me get through rough times. I am sure that most of you have seen this video before, but for those that have not , here it is. There is a 30 second advertisement before the video begins that I couldn't get rid of.
Sorry Sgt Rock, but humor is frowned upon here.
"Put out my hand and touched the face of God"
My apologies, Eddie. I didn't mean it to suppress humor. Far from it.
It was only meant to enlighten...
I'm sorry to those who who think I'm suppressing humor. I think I deserve to have time devoted to a serious matter. Making light jokes will surely be a way of bringing up this matter around friends and campfires.
The aviator formally known as 89.
Started at 40 due to family history and now every five years I make the appointment for the technician screw a light bulb in the end of a garden hose so the Dr. can tell me to relax and when it finished I live easier knowing that what's unseen has been seen.
Actually, the science is pretty interesting. My firm finished a large Gastro clinic last year with multiple procedure suites plus expansive prep and recovery spaces and all I can say is it's impressive and there is no excuse.
We've all lost way to many friends to colon cancer so for me it's modern medicine at its best combined with ever better eating habits (less chemicals and fast foods) for a combined to all of the above approach!
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"Don't feed the hipsters"
[h=Meat, fish and fat intake in relation to subsite-specific risk of colorectal cancer: The Fukuoka Colorectal Cancer Study]1[/h]Excerpt: Our findings do not support the hypothesis that consumption of red meat increases colorectal cancer risk but do suggest that high intake of fish may decrease the risk, particularly of distal colon cancer.
[h=Meta-analysis of animal fat or animal protein intake and colorectal cancer]1[/h]Excerpt: On the basis of the results of this quantitative assessment, the available epidemiologic evidence does not appear to support an independent association between animal fat intake or animal protein intake and colorectal cancer.
I can't remember all of Chairman Mao's prescription for good health in his little red book, at the time demanded of half of the world's population. I believe China was turning out doctors in six months for The Great Leap Forward. I mused that's about all the education needed if Mao's rules were followed: lots of exercise, lots of water, lots of green leafy vegetables, keep you bowels clean. Can't remember about meat. The country appeared to take it to heart, from the looks of those slender bodies on the streets today. Mao himself not so much although he lived to over 80. I attribute my old age to positive outlook, exercise and notions that smoking is poison and all the rest should be taken in moderation.
The GI guy that did my last one found some polyps and knew I would be interested in seeing them and watching the removal. He backed off the versed and/ or ketamine and I was almost 100% conscious and he showed me what he had found and went through the removal procedure as I was watching and asking questions. When he had completed the task he upped the amnesiac/sedative and I went out again, but I had some recall.
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My first exam many years ago I watched on a monitor and he removed some polyps, the last one I had the Dr. in his business suit watched the monitor and a young lady did the procedure while I was out. He did send me home with a bunch of pictures, I did not take them to the coffee shop for show and tell. He did tell me to come back in six years but, I believe I will be beyond the cut off age of 75 or so.
I've been checked out twice. Right before I retired I went and had the 200,000 mile check up. It was a comprehensive physical. When you get older you have to listen to doctors. I have recently adapted a new diet that is completely plant based. I hope it will last as when the nice wx hits I usually have something going on the smoker. It's expensive to eat healthy unless you have a green thumb. If you have netflix watch "Forks over knives" if you haven't already. Big eye opener.
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