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Age For Colonoscopy Screening
Had colonoscopy at age 50, they removed non cancerous polyp. I am 51 now, how often should I have a colonoscopy or other related screenings?
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more
50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do i need a colonoscopy screening even if i don't have symptoms?
Yes: Regardless of your smoking history, you should have got your first screening colo as soon as you turned 50. Observational trials suggest that smoking increases the risk of polyps and colon cancer to some degree, (not to mention multiple other cancers and cardiopulmonary issues) so if you want my advise, get rid of those cigarettes for good. ...Read more
Yes: Double contrast barium enema xray or ct colonography however if some thing is found on either of the above, you will still need a colonoscopy. If either are negative, there is no guarantee that something wasn't missed due to the prep or performance of those studies. Colonoscopy is the gold standard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What percentage of colonoscopy screenings end up damaging or perforating the colon? 1/1000? 1/2000?
Very low: For screening colonoscopies the rate of serious complications is generally less than 0.1%. The rate is higher if polyps are removed and the rate also goes up with age of the patient. The rate is lower for doctors who do a lot of them, ie, gastroenterologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom is 52 yrs. Smokes 2-3 fags a day. Does she need colonoscopy screening even without any concerning symptoms?
Yes: 50 yrs or older needs screening. 45 for blacks. And cut out those cigs! ...Read more
Mom is smoker ( around 2 fags a day). 52 yrs. Is a colonoscopy screening required for all smokers above 50 even without symptoms?
Gastroenterologist : Urologists do not normally perform colonoscopies.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you give a list of all cancer screening tests for people who have no present symtoms of cancer, for example, a screening colonoscopy; how often?
Only a few exist: Problem: cancer SLOW but usually, except for skin, DETECTED LATE. Thus bigger issue: realize that catching/stopping cancer is a key immune system function (controlled from brain), avoid foods which drive cancer (sugars), stay thin & keep up on science. Proven for men: check skin, mouth, thyroid & lymph nodes for growths, CBC, Electrophoresis, T. Markers, PSA (<1.0 ng/dL) & endoscopy>remove polyps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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