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Offline Brick5711

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Re: Colon cancer fear back with a vengeance.
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2014, 10:36:06 PM »
You have every right to be concerned. Your dad died from colon cancer and you had rectal bleeding. My grandma a
Had colon cancer and i had rectal bleeding. If i would have listened to all this advice and the advice of my doc, i would have colon cancer at age 23. You know your body better than anyone. If you had a polyp removed it is also more of a reason to be worried. There are guidelines as to when colonoscopys should be given as far as intervals. I had a 4 cm polyp removed (non cancer). Combined with my age, size of polyp, and family history, i go back this year. Mine was last year. I would trust your doctor as far as guidelines but if you are highly concerned, a year sooner will not hurt at all.
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Re: Colon cancer fear back with a vengeance.
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 08:14:56 AM »
No, I had never had a colonoscopy and CRC does not run in my family.  (CRC is Colo Rectal Cancer.  Colon cancer and Rectal cancer are treated differently. Anal cancer (Farrah Fawcett) is caused by the HPV virus and not often found in women.  TOTALLY different disease.  I had colon cancer)

I've never had another polyp.  My only polyp was the one 2 cm that became cancerous.  I'm now on the 'every 3 year' plan but was every year for a while, jumped to 2, now go to three and eventually to 5 years.  That's only because I HAVE had colon cancer.  MOST polyps (unless there is a genetic FAP  in the family) grow slowly and can take 5 to 10 years to become cancerous.  Since your Dad was 91 and his cancer had spread, he probably had colon cancer in his 60's or 70's and just didn't know.  Anyone with a family member with colon cancer should be tested 10 years earlier than the approximate date of the parent/ grandparents dx. 

I think you're VERY smart to be vigilant. By being tested every 5 years, if you were to develop a polyp that MIGHT become cancer, they'll remove it immediately and you'll probably never, ever have colon cancer. 

Again, I feel so sure that all you have is a tiny tear that develops after an extra large or firm stool and doc will advise you to soften your stool and use something like Desitin when needed. 

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