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Should i get a colonoscopy yearly to detect colon cancer?

Should i get a colonoscopy yearly to detect colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: Generally there are guidelines for this and it is based on your age and risk and is not usually required on a yearly basis. See the acs website meeting with a local GI or surgeon can also help decide on how frequently this should be performed, . ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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What age do u have to be to get breast cancer?

What age do u have to be to get breast cancer?

Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is generally a low risk until women reach about 40 years of age. However, some women can develop breast cancer at a much younger age due to a genetic predisposition. This may be indicated by a strong family history of breast cancer. All women should learn how to do a self breast exam and report any suspicious findings. Get regular mammograns as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a mammogram?

At what age can you get a mammogram?

Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read more

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What age to get a prostate exam?

What age to get a prostate exam?

Here are some...: For high-risk men, i. e., having family Hx of prostate cancer, blacks, & Agent Orange exposure, start prostate exam at 45-50; for average risk men, start prostate exam at age 50-55. Over the past 5-10 years, significant shift in age recommendation for prostate exam has taken place resulting from more professional scrutiny. To http://www.formefirst.com/NewAUAPSA.html for more detail. ...Read more

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Can you get a colonospy at any age?

Can you  get a colonospy at any age?

Reason for colonosco: Everybody should do screen for colon cancer starting at age 50. One way of screening is colonoscopy. If somebody has risk factor like 2 family members had colon cancer she should do colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the family member had colon cancer. Like if your father had cancer at age 45, you should do colonoscopy at 35. Familial polyposis needs screening at much earlier age. ...Read more

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How to get ready for egd exam?

How to get ready for egd exam?

Check with gi: Best to check with the gi doctor who is performing your egd. Usually the basic instructions consist of not eating after midnight before the procedure and holding certain meds ...Read more

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At what age do I need to start being tested for prostate cancer?

At what age do I need to start being tested for prostate cancer?

Depends: This is a controversial topic in modern medicine. I would recommend you have a lengthy discussion with your doctor regarding the necessity for screening. Things like family history, symptoms, etc all come into play. You also need to be aware of the potential adverse effects of screening. You need to make an informed decision that goes beyond the kind of answer we can give you on this site. ...Read more

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At what age should you get checked for breast cancer?

At what age should you get checked for breast cancer?

If: You have a lump or other breast changes that concern you a physician should be seen right away. Otherwise, screening mammograms in women without other risk factors are advised starting at age 40. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get gynecologic cancer at 16 years of age?

Can it be possible for you to get gynecologic cancer at 16 years of age?

Possible but rare: It is very unlikely for a 16 year old to develop gynecologic cancer. See this site for information on this topic. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/spring07/articles/spring07pg13.html. ...Read more

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How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?

How should you decide which colorectal cancer screening test(s) to get and how often to be screened?

Colonoscopy: Average risk people should have colonoscopies every 10 years starting at 50 until 70-75. This may be tempered by medical resources or a persons medical history. ...Read more

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At what age can you get breast cancer?

At what age can you get breast cancer?

Risk increases w age: There is unfortunately no lower age cut off for breast cancer. It can occur in the very young as well as in the mature and elderly. Typically the risk increases with age and screening for breast cancer for women of average risk begins at age 40. In my 23 yrs of practice, my youngest patient was 19 and oldest 92, but I have colleagues who have seen it even younger than that. ...Read more

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At what age can you get ms?

At what age can you get ms?

Varies: Typical average age of onset about 29-30 yrs, but children can develop at a quite young age. And have made diagnosis rarely in older pts, in late 50's and early 60's. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?

How do you know if you have a family history of colon cancer if all the old folks get colonoscopies, get polyps removed, and say nothing about it?

Ask: Go to your older relatives & ask them- not just about colonoscopies, but about their parents/grandparents, who had what & who died from what. You'll get valuable family history on a number of topics. Only about 5% of colon cancers occur in families with a history of colon cancer, so screening is more important than family history for this. ...Read more

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How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

How young is too young to have colon cancer if family history at 40?

Around 30: My rule of thumb is you need a colonoscopy 10 years earlier that the youngest colon cancer patient in your family. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is 16 years old to young to get breast cancer?

I need your expertise, is 16 years old to young to get breast cancer?

It would not be: Likely at this age. Are there significant risk factors? Factors include: being female, increasing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to diethylstilbestrol, hormone. ...Read more

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At what age should you get your first cervical smear?

At what age should you get your first cervical smear?

See below: Age 21 is the usual recommended age, or within three years of starting intercourse, if your start sex early. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pap-smear/my00090. ...Read more

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At what age should you start prostate cancer screenings if you have a family history of it?

At what age should you start prostate cancer screenings if you have a family history of it?

Psa screening guide: I agree with american cancer society....Screening should be discussed with pts if they have at least a ten year life expectancy starting at 50.....If a relative has prostate cancer screening should begin at 40.....Risk doubles with a praimary relative. ...Read more

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