Colonoscopy screening guidelines

Common Questions and Answers about Colonoscopy screening guidelines


Avatar m tn 1. For people with a first degree relative (parent, sibling, child) with colon cancer > 60 yrs, or two second degree relatives with colon cancer, screening as for average risk population (see 5 methods above) but beginning at age 40. 2.
Avatar f tn It is my opinion that the only time this path should be used is for cancer screening in low risk patients were guidelines are published and known to all physicians.
Avatar f tn My father was diagnosed at age 65 with colon cancer which ultimately caused his death (I get a colonoscopy every 5 years and haven't had a polyp yet). My question is, do you feel I should be tested for the BRCA1 & 2 gene mutations? I'm unsure what the current guidelines are for this test, but I do know that women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage have this mutation more than the general population. I thank you for your assistance.
Avatar m tn I have basically reviewed the important points about current guidelines for screening for colon cancer. I should remind you that these are just guidelines, and that the final decision should be jointly taken by the doctor and the patient after considering the clinical scenario. You are unlikely to have colon cancer based on your current symptoms. If you need additional information about endoscopy ("camera inside your bowels"), pl feel free to write to me again. Good Luck!
471949 tn?1236904026 now it appears that the VA is saying it could be nationwide and is telling ALL VETS who have had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years at any VAMC to be tested. Please read!!! Please get tested if this applies to you! Vets are already sick!
Avatar f tn My insurance company already provides mammograms, colonoscopy, prostate screening and some other preventative tests, with no out of pocket expense. So long as we go to the designated lab, our blood work costs nothing.
612551 tn?1450022175 Hi, there are specific guidelines provided for screening and repeat colonoscopies. This is based on scientific data collected over time. The risks would be due to the procedure like injury or due to sedation, but these are minimal. Another option is CT colonography which detects 90% adenomas greater or equal to ≥10 mm. As long as you do not have specific symptoms you should follow up with your doctor for colonoscopies. Good luck with your therapy & do take care. Regards.
Avatar n tn They have several. If you are looking for colon cancer screening then it would be a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. If you are looking for other diseases of the colon they have the lower GI and upper GI.
922679 tn?1249089446 At the age of 22 I underwent EGD and colonoscopy to evaluate stubborn stomach pains and irregularities. The EGD showed h. pylori, and the colonoscopy revealed 2 small, adenomatous polyps. I was told to have another colonoscopy in three years, and that occurred yesterday. I hoped and prayed that it would come back clean, but alas, it did not. In the three short years since my last torture session, I had grown two new "medium-sized, polypoid, broad-based polyps.
Avatar m tn Colonoscopy is still the best tool for examining the large intestine. Because of the age I would ask the GI if he is healthy enough to endure the test.
Avatar n tn Do you know how old your father was when he received the diagnosis? You should begin colonoscopy screening when you are 10 years younger than the age at which your father was diagnosed. Colon cancer is preventable with early screening, and it isvery treatable, especially when it is treated in an early stage.
Avatar f tn When you have a colonoscopy some doctors will take photos of the caecum to prove that they have reached it. The fact that their equipment was unable to take photos would not neccessarily have meant that they were not able to get an adequate visual on their monitor which should still have given them a 'live' viewing.
531005 tn?1286515532 I thing the diet and screening advice from Morcambe is excellent. As far as colonoscopy, I'm a colorectal cancer survivor, with a family history - I'm the fourth generation. One thing I've learned is that if you have a first-degree relative with colon cancer (e.g. parent, sibling) you should begin having screening colonoscopy at an age 10 years younger than that relative was when diagnosed.
Avatar m tn I should note that I am having a colonoscopy next week for an unrelated reason... just screening as I am at that age when screening should be done. As such, I have a follow up question for the community. If there is a mild hernia, would they see it during the colonoscopy?
1851424 tn?1319413598 With that kind of family history, you should certainly get a colonoscopy. I think it's reasonable if there is a family history and/or you have symptoms to warrant such a test. Your insurance has to cover it when getting tested is the reasonable thing to do.
Avatar m tn com/articles/colonoscopy-guide-endoscopic-screening-and-therapy - this says perforation from over-inflation is rare with modern equipment, which fits with what I'm finding. Most articles about over-inflation and perforation are from the 1980s. I can't find any other injury as a result of over-inflation than perforation. You don't say what happened, so if it wasn't perforation, maybe your injury was caused by something other than over-inflation?
Avatar f tn If you have a first degree relative (parent, child, sibling) with colon cancer, you should begin having screening colonoscopy when you are 10 years younger that the age at which that realtive was diagnosed. For example, my father died at age 50 and his colon cancer was diagnosed postmortem. That meant I should have begun having screening colonoscopy testing at age 40. I did not know this, and did not have a colonoscopy until I had symptoms at age 46.
7469840 tn?1409845836 One year EOT today, did triple therapy of Sovaldi, Ribavirin, Pegasys for 12 weeks. Going into my gastro doctor tomorrow, going to ask for a bloodpanel, viral load test, and ask about hcc screening. Didn't have cirrhosis, may have had fibrosis, though nothing showed on blood panel or ultrasound, no biopsy. Feel pretty good other than the buzzing in my ears.
Avatar m tn First, no cancer is ever a good cancer. Pap thyca is a very treatable cancer (which causes people to say good...cancer = bad, that's why it's cancer!) with a great outcome. It is slow growing and usually quite easy to treat. Calling it a good cancer is a peeve of mine... Are you asking about general cancer screening tests or further testing for thyca? As long as you are getting your annual scans and blood work done (checking your Tg, TSH, etc), you will be well followed for thyca.
Avatar f tn Since you have two first degree relatives who have been identified to be carrying the genes for this condition, it is imperative that you undergo genetic screening, which involves a blood test which detects the mutations in the DNA mismatch repair genes (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and PMS2) responsible for the syndrome.