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50+ and smoke around 2-3 fags a day. Do I need a colonoscopy screening even if I don't have symptoms?

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

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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Mom is smoker (around 2 fags a day). 52 yrs. Is a colonoscopy screening required for all smokers above 50 even without symptoms?

Mom is smoker (around 2 fags a day). 52 yrs. Is a colonoscopy screening required for all smokers above 50 even without symptoms?

Not the smoking: It's the age. All people, non-smokers and smokers, should have colonoscopy initially at age 50 and then every 5 years. Pre-cancerous polyps don't have symptoms.
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Mom is 52. Smokes 2-3 cigs a day. Does she need to get screening colonoscopy even without symptoms? What are chances of colorectal cancer?

Mom is 52. Smokes 2-3 cigs a day. Does she need to get screening colonoscopy even without symptoms? What are chances of colorectal cancer?

Needs colonoscopy: Studies have shown that all normal-risk individuals should have a screening colonoscopy starting at age 50 and repeated at least every 10 years if no polyps are found. All polyps should be removed. If there is a positive family history for colon cancer, screening should start at an earlier age. There is about a 5% lifetime risk of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is it okay to smoke before a colonoscopy?

Is it okay to smoke before a colonoscopy?

Also: In addition to the obvious concerns, smokers usually cough a lot during anesthesia for colonoscopy, and this makes it more difficult to do a good exam. Its best if you quit altogether, but if you can avoid for a week or two prior to colonoscopy (or any surgery) you will have a better outcome. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

Had colonoscopy yesterday, w/biopsy & 1 polyp removed. Knowing it's generally bad for health, is it safe to smoke 1 cigarette today?

No: It is never safe to smoke a cigarette. Wouldn't this be a great time to stop? Given this... there is no special danger from a cig at this time. But you're young, with much of your life ahead of you. You're smart enough to have found HealthTap. You've been away from tobacco for some time. Why not quite RIGHT NOW -- and phone your physician if your need medicine to get you through it. ...Read more

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I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy, found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

I'm 38 female, smoker, have celiac disease but do not stick to diet, I've had one colonoscopy, found ONE sessile serrated polyp 9mm, should I worry?

Worry is relative!: If they never told you, you need to be aware of a fact. Every time someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system creates new antibodies that attack various tissues in the body. Your symptoms may be readily apparent or subtle, but they will eventually lead to more problems. It is hard enough to remain gluten free when you try, since it can be found in unexpected items. ...Read more

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I am only 26 had a colonoscopy that showed a sessile serrated adenoma- how can this be?! I don't smoke/drink no colon ca in history now im really scared

I am only 26 had a colonoscopy that showed a sessile serrated adenoma- how can this be?! I don't smoke/drink no colon ca in history now im really scared

Don't be scared: Since it was a benign polyp and you don't have a strong family history, you just need to follow your colonoscopist's recommended surveillance interval for your next colonoscopy. You are in good hands now that you have affiliated yourself with an endoscopist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Former smoker, weightloss & fatigue. CT scan&colonoscopy clear Apr 15. Feb16 2nd CTscan clear (chest&abs). Should I scan again in say 6 months?

Former smoker, weightloss & fatigue. CT scan&colonoscopy clear Apr 15. Feb16 2nd CTscan clear (chest&abs). Should I scan again in say 6 months?

No: Too much radiation. Look for other causes. Check labs especially hemoglobin which is a marker of anemia. Hemoglobin is the oxygen carrying molecule and if low you will feel fatigued. Also do normal screening i.e. Mammogram and colonoscopy based on age and gender. ...Read more

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What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

What are some ways to stave off hunger the day before a colonoscopy (during preparation)?

You can have clear: Liquids the day before unless advised otherwise. I tell my pts to drink a lot of fluids with the prep to keep flushing the colon. You can also have broth chick/beef and jello (avoid red). Solid food is not allowed. Its worth controlling your hunger for one day than to have to repeat the procedure if not adequately prepped. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play contact sports the day before a colonoscopy?

1: There is no known contraindication to playing contact sports the day prior to a screening colonoscopy. For a diagnostic colonoscopy, it would be wise to understand the need for the test, i.e. Is it for abdominal pain, irregular bowel habits, bleeding, etc? ...Read more

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On the day before a colonoscopy, should I take the laxative solution before or after I eat dinner?

After: The purpose is to wash out your colon, so if you take the solution after dinner it will wash out the colon. ...Read more

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Gaspain one day after colonoscopy normal?

Can be: You my still have residual air to pass, but if this persists, call the GI doc right away. ...Read more

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What foods can I eat the day before my colonoscopy?

Follow the instructi: Your doctor's office should give you instructions to follow in order to have a good prep. Otherwise your test will be cancelled as the preparation is rigorous and lasts 2-3 days of no solids and using laxatives to clean up your intestines completely. ...Read more

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What kind of food can I eat the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

What kind of food can I eat the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

Liquids: No solid or soft foods ar allowed on the day of the prep. Any liquid that you can see through (clear liquids) is allowed--tea, black coffee, water, juces without pulp, broths, popsicles, hard candy (ie, jolly ranchers). Avoid any red colored fluids as they may give the tissue a bloody appearance and can be confusing. ...Read more

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Took 3 ibuprophen day before colonoscopy will it be ok?

Talk with the doctor: At your age it is unusual to have a colonoscopy ordered. The main risk from the ibuprofen is if they have to do a biopsy or if there were a complication extra bleeding could be expected. Talk with the doc but I doubt they'll cancel the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a colonoscopy the day before my hysterectomy.

Twin decision: This is a decision that your two physician's must make collaboratively in the best interest of your care. The Colonoscopy MD and the GYN MD must contact each other for that to occur, or you notify each of the same. The necessary colon cleaning pre procedure that is done spreads bacteria over the perineum, increasing the risks of pelvic infection at hysterectomy even with pre-op anti-bacterial wash ...Read more

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Is it ok to keep taking Sucarlfate until the morning of the day of colonoscopy?

Is it ok to keep taking Sucarlfate until the morning of the day of colonoscopy?

Ask your: Endoscopist....USUALLY it is a bad idea to take anything by mouth the day of the procedure...stuff MOVES VERY QUICKLY and Carafate COATS EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! ...Read more

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What is a light breakfast menu for day before colonoscopy?

Just no vegetables: The day before a colonoscopy, a light breakfast means not to over eat i.e. Go to a buffet. We find that vegetables tend not to digest very well right before a colonoscopy so best to avoid them on the prep day. ...Read more

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I ate noodles the day before my colonoscopy should I cancel it?

I ate noodles the day before my colonoscopy should I cancel it?

Wasn't clear liquid: Your question is best directed to the doctor who prescribed your prep and will be performing your procedure. Call the after-hours doctor with your question, if the office is closed. That being said, many patients have difficulty with their preparation before colonoscopy, but the best yield from the test derives from the quality of the preparation you provide your doctor. Good luck with your exam. ...Read more

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Can I have non dairy creamer in my coffee the day before colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy: Best not to. The less you have in you, the better so as to ensure the best visualization during your procedure. ...Read more

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The day prior to colonoscopy other the the 3 liters of water with the adequate solution what else can we eat?

Colonoscopy: The day prior to colonoscopy, you should not have solid foods. These are some items you are allowed to have: water, apple, white grape juice, broth, coffee or tea (without milk or creamer), clear carbonated beverages such as ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, gatorade or other sport drinks (not red or blue). You should have all these information in your instruction for the prep. ...Read more

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Is orange jello ok for colonoscopy prep day?

Probably ok: But best tocall your endoscopists office and ask their preferences and for clarification. ...Read more