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Are all polylps found necessarily cancerous when you get a colonoscope?

Are all polylps found necessarily cancerous when you get a colonoscope?

No: Many polyps that present during this test are not cancerous, but if left in the colon, can develop into cancer. Tubular and villous adenomas can develop into cancer. Patients with familial polyposis syndromes can have many polyps throughout their colon, which makes malignancy almost certain. Sometimes the entire colon is removed to prevent it. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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If the colonoscope detects abnormal growth in my rectum, does that mean I have colon-rectal cancer?

If the colonoscope detects abnormal growth in my rectum, does that mean I have colon-rectal cancer?

Not necessarily: Any polyp benign or malignant is abnormal growth. Should be biopsied to determine what it is and seek appropriate intervention. ...Read more

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Are all polyps found when you get a colonoscope?

Are all polyps found when you get a colonoscope?

The vast majority : The vast majority , esp the larger ones will be found , however it has been shown in studies that up to 40% of patients who undergo colonoscopy will have polyps that were missed , either because they were small or behind a fold.That is why we recommend that patients in whom polyps are found should undergo repeat colonoscopy 3-5 years later. ...Read more

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Does a colonoscope exam hurt?

Does a colonoscope exam hurt?

No: I have been told that it is mildly uncomfortable and one can feel a pressure sensation. However, anesthesia and pain medications are administered before and during the procedure. ...Read more

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Does a colonoscope hurt badly?

Does a colonoscope hurt badly?

No: I thought that the bowel prep was the most uncomfortable or inconveniant . The actual colonoscopy is done with conscious sedation(twilight sleep) and the vast majority of patients do not remember going through the procedure. ...Read more

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How is a colonoscope test done ?

How is a colonoscope test done ?

Sedation: Colonoscopy is performed by placing a long, flexible tube along the entire colon and rectum via the anus. While people dread this, it is painless when done under sedation. The worst part is the day before when the "prep" is taken to purge the system. Although unpleasant, this will find polyps before they turn into cancers, thus saving one from major surgery. If you're 50, "get 'er done". ...Read more

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How is it hygenic for a doctor to use a colonoscope from patient to patient?

Disinfection: All institutions that do these procedures have strict protocols for cleaning and disinfecting the instruments between patients. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that you could get cancer by wearing a bra?

Have researchers found that you could get cancer by wearing a bra?

Bra myths: My understanding is that a book written by anthropologists “dressed to kill” indicated that use of underwire bras could restrict lymphatic drainage & lead to accumulation of toxins in the breast. Based on this assumption, it was theorized that this could contribute to development of breast cancer. However, lymphatic drainage from the breast is not downward due to gravity – it moves >>. ...Read more

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How do people get cancer?

How do people get cancer?

Cancer: Cant answer in this short space. Some is genetic, lifestyle, exposures - excess sunlight, noxious materials, excess radiation- too many ct scans, x-rays. One theory is we produce cancer cells waiting for chance to grow- xs radiation, viral triggers, but ultimately lifestyle. Think consulting good nutritionist, review diet, lifestyle. Many foods are cancer fighting, anti oxidants, exercise, sun pro. ...Read more

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What happens if you get cancer?

What happens if you get cancer?

Too complicated: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/signs-and-symptoms-of-cancer The issue is too involved for this forum. For a start consult the web address given above. ...Read more