I'm a 27 year old male. Almost two years ago I had a colonoscopy and 2 benign polyps were removed. This was before I was a hypochondriac. My grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer at 73, and my grandfather (her son) also had colon cancer (caught very early) in his late 50s, early 60s.
My sister who is 21 also had a benign polyp removed. Her colonoscopy is what prompted me to get mine, since if she had a polyp there was a chance I did too. My mom (53 years old) and aunt have also had polyps removed, but have never had colon cancer.
I have two small children that are everything to me, and this fear of colon cancer is literally consuming me. After my first colonoscopy where the two polyps were removed, the doctor said to repeat the test in 5 years. It will be 2 years next month. Waiting 3 more years sounds like forever, especially with my family history of polyps.
All I seem to be able to think about all day is developing colon cancer in the next year or so and leaving my kids behind. Being in the hospital all the time, and being that tragic case of cancer everyone talks about. It's literally all that goes through my brain anymore. I wasn't a hypo back when I had my first colonoscopy, so I was just glad I didn't have to do the prep again for 5 more years and went on with my life.
I'm terribly scared I have some genetic condition like Lynch Syndrome where colon cancer can develop very fast, and that I will miss it and it will be too late. I don't quite meet the high-risk criteria for Lynch Syndrome, since both of my family members that had colon cancer were over 50 (my grandmother by quite a ways at 73 - she actually ended up living to 84).
It's all I can think about anymore and it's driving me absolutely insane. I basically have no real symptoms of any disease right now. I go to the restroom fine without any trouble. Good appetite, good weight, good energy, etc. But these thoughts of quickly developing colon cancer are eating me away. I can't think about anything but this, and that I'll have to leave my precious babies behind.
Anyways, I would love to hear any feedback you all may have. I'm not sure what I'm asking. Just venting that this cancer anxiety is literally consuming me.