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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have you had your colonoscopy? I just had my 2nd or 3rd one today, with a favorable result.

The prep (to empty -- COMPLETELY clean out -- your intestinal tract) is the hardest part. I was asleep during the "scope," which apparently only takes about 15 minutes.

It's a very important test that you don't want to put off. They say that colon cancer is very slow growing, usually developing from benign polyps, which if discovered during the colonoscopy, are snipped off, completely deterring the development of cancer.

And if you are African American or have a family history of that disease, don't wait til you're 50. My daughter's close friend was diagnosed in her late 30's and died 5 years later.

Sooooo...word to the wise.
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    Thanks for the info! I still have several years before I need to get one but your blog did remind me to get my mammogram done. Thanks for sharing your experience of how easy the procedure itself is. It's always good to be proactive in regards to our health.
    1385 days ago
    Excellant advice!!!!!!
    1385 days ago
    I'm happy you got this out of the way. I lost my very closest friend to colon cancer I still miss her so very much! emoticon
    1386 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me that I have to call to schedule mine! I have had them since before 50 because there is a family history of colon cancer! So I guess I will make the call this week! emoticon emoticon
    1386 days ago
    I had have 2 of them; my first one was when I was in my 30's, and my most recent one was in May.

    For me, the prep was the worst part. The procedure itself was easy; once they started the sedation meds through the IV, I don't remember any of it.

    As rough as the prep can be, it's worth it. I know someone who recently had one done for the first time. He's in his 70's. It turned out he had colon cancer, even though he hadn't had any symptoms. But the good news is that it was caught early; he needed surgery, but he did not have to go through radiation or chemo.
    1386 days ago
    Just had my first colonoscopy! I think the hardest part was the cleanse! I have a hard time being on a liquid diet! I like to sink my teeth into something! The procedure was wonderful. They gave me a shot and that is all I remember! I was so scared but it really was not bad. I am ready for the next one.
    1386 days ago
    Good info to share. Yes - the preparation is not exactly delightful, but it isn't all that awful either. The procedure itself is pretty much nap-time for the patient and what a good thing you are doing to protect yourself and your health and your future! Be pro-active as suggested in this blog. Take responsibility for keeping yourself well!
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    1386 days ago
    Awesome advice. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and story.
    1386 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! My mom has had colon cancer, and also 2 of her sisters. I have had polyps with my first one, nothing since, but not letting down my guard!
    1386 days ago
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