Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?

Colonoscopy. Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience.
Colonoscopy. A tissue diagnosis is necessary to determine the presence of cancer of the colon, and colonoscopy is the most convenient way to do it;otherwise an open operation would be needed. A mild anesthesia is used as colonoscopy would be quite uncomfortable without it.

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Dad had colon cancer stage 2 at 63. I'm 44. Just took pinnacle biolab 2nd gen fit test with negative result. Need colonoscopy?

See answer. Most recommendations suggest screening starting age 50. 75% of colon cancers are not familial or hereditary. Having a father with colon cancer increases your risk by at least 20%. HOWEVER YOUR ABSOLUTE RISK IS STILL LOW. You cannot be faulted for wanting a colonoscopy before age 50 but it's not absolutely necessary. *Focus should be on PREVENTION, not detection: **see comments below for specifics. Read more...

If theres hereditary predisposition of colon cancer how often should a person do colonoscopy and wha are the risk factors? And What is polyposis test?

Colon CA/screening. ACS screening for families that have a strong history. There are families that have predisposition to develop color and rectal CA. They say screening should start 10 yrs prior to the family members Dx. Say mom Dx at 40, screening would start at 30 in her family. Once you've had the first scope re can be made on the frequency, every 3 to 5 yrs depending on number of members Dx. Read more...

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?

Yes...get one done. The age depends on your family, history. Screening mammography, a complete family history may add genetic testing. A complete physical. Read more...
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...

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

Early colonoscopy. Normally you would advance your first colonoscopy to age 40, from the standard age of 50, but if your father and uncle were diagnosed with colon cancer before age 50 you could start your colonoscopies as early as age 30-35. Read more...
Normally after 50. In the United States, screening is recommended between the age of 50 and 75 years with sigmoidoscopy every 5 years and colonoscopy every 10 years. Fecal occult blood testing of the stool is typically recommended every two years, and can be started at 40. For those at high risk, screenings usually begin at around 40. Read more...
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...

Testing for colon cancer? Are there any tests besides the colonoscopy? I really don’t want to have to use those colon cleaning laxatives. I had to once before and felt really sick from them. Isn’t there another test?

There . There are actually two separate questions here. The first is whether there area alternative tests besides colonoscopy. There are other tests; but each one has limits. Testing stool for blood can identify cancers; but is not a good preventative test. The real goal is to find polyps before they become malignant. Work is underway on tests that try to analyze dna found in stool to look for markers of abnormal growths. It is an exciting area; but the current tests are not accurate enough and far too expensive. The alternative to colonoscopy that is designed to find polyps without insertion of a colonoscope is ct colography or "virtual colonoscopy". However, it also requires a preparation; and is both more uncomfortable and less accurate than the colonoscopy. The second question you asked deals with the preparation itself. Talk to your physician. There are several newer preparations that entail much smaller volumes of preparation liquid over longer times than we used to use in the past. Most people find it easy and very tolerable. I know i did for my exams. Read more...
Still need cleanse. Even if you have a virtual colonoscopy with a ct scanner, a bowel cleanse is needed. Fecal occult blood cards is a less specific screening method but doesn't require a bowel cleanse. Read more...

If one is breastfeeding and can not undergo a colonoscopy, what would be the best (and easiest) test to undergo to rule out symptomatic colon cancer.

Diagnosis bycamera. Talk to your hospitals x-ray department and ask them if you can swallow a capsule that contains a miniature camera and takes pictures of you GI tract. Read more...
You can have one. If you're breastfeeding, you can have a colonoscopy. You should pump and discard for 24 hours after receiving sedation drugs. The preparation for colonoscopy is not harmful. If you have symptoms, you should see a gastroenterologist or colon/rectal surgeon right away. Don't wait until you finish breastfeeding. Read more...
Maybe not related. See a gastroenterilogist. The short anesthetic used is not likely a contraindication to breast feeding. Also can ask your pediatrician. If a colonoscooy is indicated then it is probably alright. Swallowing a camera does not visuslize the colon, only small intestine. Ct colonography involves bowel prep with x-ray & contrast exposure. Read more...
Pump? If the concerns for colon cancer are so great as to warrant an intervention such as a colonoscopy, perhaps you could use formula or pre-pumped breast milk during the period of time you are unable to breast feed. Read more...

Is colon cancer removable by a colonoscopy?

Colon cancer. Occasionally very small pre-malignant or cancerous lesions within a small polyp can be , however larger tumors are biopsied with this procedure and require removal of the part of the intestine with the tumor and the draining lymph nodes. Read more...
Possibly. We believe most colon cancers progress through a polyp stage. Polyp simply means growth and can be any size or configuration but can be small. Early on a cancer can still be partly a polyp and be removed during colonoscopy. They still need to be evaluated and treated as a cancer however, and it does not necessarily mean the cancer is cured by just removing it as a cancerous polyp. Read more...
Sometimes. Early stage colon cancers can be removed by colonoscopy but most require surgery. More importantly with proper screening colonoscopy can remove benign polyps that would likely turn into cancer if not removed. Bottom line, make sure you are up to date with your colonoscopies. . Read more...

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...