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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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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. I assume fags=cigarettes ...Read more

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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