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At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

At what age should I start getting colonoscopies?

Depends on symptoms : If you have no symptoms like abdominal pain, change in bowel habits or blood and no relatives, then the age is 50. However, the acg recommends african americans start colonoscopy at the age of 45. If you have a first degree relatvie with colon cancer, you should start at age 40 or ten years younger than the affected relative whichever comes first. ...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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At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

At what age is a colonoscopy no longer necessary, 75?

Varies: It varies on the patient's condition and what is the colonoscopy's intended purpose ...Read more

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I had a clean colonoscopy at age 45. No polyps etc. Just turned 50 and wondering if I should do it now, or is it ok to wait. Thanks in advance, ?

Maybe: First question is do you have any symptoms to suggest colon disease. Change in bowel habits, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss most commonly. If not, next question is family history. Any one in your first degree family have colon cancer or polyps? If yes then have one at 5 years, if no then recommendations are to wait 10 years, again, if no symptoms. ...Read more

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At what age would my doctor recremend that I have a colonoscopy?

At what age would my doctor recremend that I have a colonoscopy?

Variable: Normal risk(for colon cancer) persons without concerning symptoms(like blood in the stool) usually don't need to start screening with colonoscopies until age 50. Various medical ailments like inflammatory bowel disease, a familial history of colon cancer or polyps or certain genetic syndrome or concerning symptoms will push recommendations for screening earlier. ...Read more

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At age 33, had 3polyps (1 was tubular adenoma) removed during colonoscopy. At age 38, had another 2 benign polpys removed.. How common is this in 30s?

See below: Whether it is common or not, you need to have colonoscopy at regular intervals, not exceeding five year between colonoscopies. You may consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-polyps/basics/definition/con-20031957 ...Read more

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If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

If polpys were found in my bowel age 30 will I need regular colonoscopys 4 were removed?

Probably: but you do need to know the kinds of polyps they were. if hyperplastic and all at the very end - that's the only time I wouldn't necessarily repeat it. but if adenomas, and 4 - your next one should be in 3 years (unless they were quite big in which case even sooner). ...Read more

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I'm a 25 female an just got a colonoscopy. I have a polyp. Is this normal for my age? No biopsy results yet.

It depends: It depends the biopsy results. Some polyps are very benign and pose no risk for cancer progression. The question is why did you get a colonoscopy at age 25? Something else must have been going on. ...Read more

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Does age matter for a colonoscopy procedure? I'm 22 y old male. Is it safe and worth it? I am getting it done for my on-going constipation for years.

Does age matter for a colonoscopy procedure? I'm 22 y old male. Is it safe and worth it? I am getting it done for my on-going constipation for years.

Colonoscopy: Age matters for colonoscopy for certain cancers and family history. For constipation it may be a useful diagnostic procedure almost at any age. this procedure is generally safe when performed by an experienced physician under normal conditions. Defecating in a squatting position on top of your toilet seat can provide considerable relief from constipation many patients without the need for meds ...Read more

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Its necessary to have a colonoscopy when you are of the age of 50, Should one get one sooner if Colon cancer is in the family? What age

Its necessary to have a colonoscopy when you are of the age of 50,  Should one get one sooner if Colon cancer is in the family? What age

Reason &indication: Yes, in asymptomatic general population surveillance colonoscopy done at age of 50 the common age for colon cancer If you have symptoms , including genetic predisposition above rule does not apply , done at any age. Age is no exception to cancer Do not get panicky Speak to your doctor and go for preliminary simple investigations first, before under taking complex tests. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?

10 years before diag: A basic guideline is that in the case of a potentially inherited cancer trait, that we start screening 10 years before the presentation of a first degree relative, i.e. Parent or sibling. If the relative was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 53, we consider beginning screening tests at 43. Otherwise begin screenings as age appropriate, colonoscopy age 50, mammo age 40. ...Read more

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My father diagnosis with colon ca at age 40. He had surgery to remove, now in 70's and healthy.I'm 32, at what age do I need my first colonoscopy?

My father diagnosis with colon ca at age 40. He had surgery to remove, now in 70's and healthy.I'm 32, at what age do I need my first colonoscopy?

Age 35: Your colonoscopy should be done 5 years before your father's age at diagnosis. You might also consider getting tested for lynch syndrome (a hereditary genetic defect causing colon cancer in young people) which is associated with other cancers. ...Read more

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My Dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer at age 54. When should I get my first colonoscopy?

My Dad was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer at age 54. When should I get my first colonoscopy?

At about 44 years: The general rule is to get a colonoscopy about 10 years before the age a relative developed colon cancer. You may wish to monitor occult blood in stool with a FIT test. It would be prudent to discuss these issues with your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My father had stage 2B colon cancer, do I have to undergo colonoscopy at a later age? What age is advised?

My father had stage 2B colon cancer, do I have to undergo colonoscopy at a later age? What age is advised?

What genetic risk?: There are now recognized multiple distinct biologic pathways that lead to colon cancer. Depending upon the age & location of the cancer(s) in your first generation relatives, you may be at higher risk. Another consideration relative to needing earlier re-colonoscopy is your present clinical course--do you have colitis, bleeding, change in bowels, weight loss, abdominal pain? Check with your doc. ...Read more

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I have my father and uncle who have colon cancer. What age recommended for colonoscopy? Occult tests were negative in my family. Thnks

I have my father and uncle who have colon cancer.  What age recommended for colonoscopy?  Occult tests were negative in my family.  Thnks

Depends: Typical recommendation to begin screening is at 50 yrs of age. With a family history such as yours, you might begin earlier, typically 10 years prior to the age of your youngest family member afflicted with colon cancer. If your father was 50 yrs old (young), start at 40 yrs. Occult blood testing is acceptable screening, but i would opt for a colonoscopy if able to have one performed. ...Read more

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My father died of rectal cancer. I had a colonoscopy at ages 50 and 55. They were clear. My next is scheduled for 2017.. Should it be sooner?

No: Go with the advice of your gastroenterologist. Most likely you do not have hereditary colorectal cancer if you do not have polyps on two consecutive colonoscopies. A consultation with a genetic specialist may be helpful if you are in doubt. ...Read more

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Wat age should male get a colonoscopy if his gpa died of colon cancer? Also when should prostate be checked if history of cancer in both sides of fam?

10 years earlier: In general, screening colonoscopies should start at age 50years, or 10 years earlier from the time detected by a family member. The role of detection of prostate cancer is a bit more controversial, but start with regular physical exams and discussion with his primary care physician. ...Read more

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