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Colonoscopy
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:49:19 PM »
So last November I had my first colonoscopy. I was 22 with rectal bleeding and family history of colon cancer (my grandmother) and my mom had polyps but polyps are pretty common. My doctor wanted to do a colonoscopy just to be sure and they found a polyp. Pretty big actually. They actually had five pathologists look at it. Anyway they want me to come back and do a follow up colonoscopy. Has anyone ever heard of going back after a year? Colonoscopys are expensive and do come with risks so if I can wait another year that would be awesome. Just wondering how often everyone else goes.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 08:22:07 AM »
If you had a particular kind of polyp called an adenoma, than they are particularly
pre-cancerous and maybe that is why they want you back so soon. I would ask
then directly why so soon.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 11:22:55 AM »
I think they have different recall rates depending on what was found.  You had a large polyp, and it sounds like they thought it was worth close scrutiny. That (along with your young age) probably triggered a 1 year recall.  My brother had a large number of polyps with one larger, and he got a 3 year recall at age 51.  I had two tiny polyps which triggered a 5 year recall.  We have a family history as well, which means that a 5 year recall is automatic.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 12:20:27 PM »
It was adenoma. I am guessing it has more to do with age and type (adenoma) than anything else. It really surprised my doctor. I wouldn't have been surprised if he said two years but one did surprise me. I only found having a colonoscpy a year later was important if they took the polyp out piece by piece or if you actually had colon cancer. I was neither of those. They weren't even sure it was an adenoma at first which is why they had five pathologists look at it.
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Re: Colonoscopy
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 12:21:46 PM »
I never asked for genetic testing but I assume my mother would have something when she was younger right?
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