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Old 02-04-2011, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am 53 and have been fighting getting one since I turned 50.......my Wife had one shortly after SHE turned 50 and had no problems at all.
I am a real wuss when it comes to stuff like this and know my Grandfather lived till 93 and died of stomach cancer without a Colonoscopy.
My Dad died at 83 from complecations from Alzeihmers and Dementia and never had a Colonoscopy.
My Mom died at 83 from complecations from severe Osteoporosis, never had a Colonoscopy.
I have a Brother-In-Law that has abused his body with alcohol for almost 50 years, and smoked almost as long and is (not) fighting Kidney Cancer-Hes never had a Colonoscopy.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had one at 55 just before a hernia operation. Recommended by the doc that did the surgery. 60 now so I guess it's time for another, but these problems haven't been present in my family either. It was a relief when I had the first one and was all clear. I guess I need some pushing to get one again also. It is really nothing to it though. My wife refuses to have one.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would look at it like this. If your going to continue to worry about it you stand a good chance of worrying yourself to death. If your stressing over it you increase your chances of cancer,high blood pressure,anxiety attacks,heart attacks,blood clots and so on. Go on and get it done and you'll feel relieved.What if there were a problem that could be corrected now and if you wait a few years and the docor say's if only you had had it done a few years ago we could have cured you. I'm not a doctor but have played one.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm only 24, but I would advise you to get one. I might not want to do it when I get older, but it is better to do it and catch any possible signs of trouble early on.
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The wife does these for a living, I expect one in my future before too much longer for her peace of mind.

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Rick, Just go get it done... You've got nothing to worry about... We have good medical places here in town... so goto Holmes Regional or Wuestoff Hospital.....Some places here even do it in the Doctor's office...

It can make the difference between living or dying... I've had friends and relatives die of colon cancer.

Colon cancer is one of those things that can just "appear", It is not necessarily genetic.

With the procedure..

You can be awake for it and watch it on a monitor like my father did, or they will put you under.. And when you wake up, It's over...

You really should have had it by 50....So you're already 3 years overdue...

Whatever the case, It's a piece of cake..

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PS: They say that you should actually have one by 35 as an early "Baseline" for when you have one when you hit 50, so that the doctors can compare. I just hit the big "4-0", so I guess that I'm due myself.. ;o)


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Old 02-04-2011, 09:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not a doctor but have played one.
What---when you were six! LOL
How is this helping put him at ease?

I'll need one in a couple of years....
I've heard the day before prep is the hardest part...you need to stay near a toilet, holding a roll of paper. Probably helps to be wearing a Depends.

"Watch it on a monitor"....uh-I don't think so, numb me up, and put on the 3 Stooges!

I don't think I'd want to be fully-out, and that vulnerable....
I'd feel uneasy if (when I awoke) all the guys in the room were now looking at me and grinning! ...or worse WINKING! AAHHHHH

Edit: Yes...get one!

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm 61, so I've had a few. Git er done! Really a minor procedure. In and out in a couple of hours. Only part that is a little unpleasant is drinking the stuff the afternoon before for the "clean out". Kind of limits how many steps away from the porcelain you can get.
My younger brother died from bladder cancer last year. Would have been treatable with a little earlier detection. I take advantage of all tests to catch something early. At the rate I'm going rebuilding the 66, I need lots of time to finish and spend some road time.
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What---when you were six! LOL
How is this helping put him at ease?

I'll need one in a couple of years....
I've heard the day before prep is the hardest part...you need to stay near a toilet, holding a roll of paper. Probably helps to be wearing a Depends.

"Watch it on a monitor"....uh-I don't think so, numb me up, and put on the 3 Stooges!

I don't think I'd want to be fully-out, and that vulnerable....
I'd feel uneasy if (when I awoke) all the guys in the room were now looking at me and grinning! ...or worse WINKING! AAHHHHH

Edit: Yes...get one!
HAha! That....was...awesome...

But yes, to the OP, you know what you gotta do man. Take care of business!
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Go for it !! it's not bad they will sedate you and you don't have a clue I had mine done at 50. 54 now and still going
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm 30 and have had 2. It is no big deal at all if you are a healthy person. I did one when I was very ill and it was miserable. Found out I have Ulcerative Colitis. Do it now while you are healthy. It's more than worth it to catch something early
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The thing to keep in mind is that the success rate for treating colon cancer when caught early (especially in a 50 year old) is VERY high, I think in high 90 percentile, however left untreated for too long can be nasty.
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Rick, Just go get it done... You've got nothing to worry about... We have good medical places here in town... so goto Holmes Regional or Wuestoff Hospital.....Some places here even do it in the Doctor's office...

It can make the difference between living or dying... I've had friends and relatives die of colon cancer.

Colon cancer is one of those things that can just "appear", It is not necessarily genetic.

With the procedure..

You can be awake for it and watch it on a monitor like my father did, or they will put you under.. And when you wake up, It's over...

You really should have had it by 50....So you're already 3 years overdue...

Whatever the case, It's a piece of cake..

Don't worry about the violation! It's as easy as getting a Speeding ticket! ;o)



PS: They say that you should actually have one by 35 as an early "Baseline" for when you have one when you hit 50, so that the doctors can compare. I just hit the big "4-0", so I guess that I'm due myself.. ;o)


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Ooo bottoms up

I was 40 when I had mine. Just make sure they put you out . I know several people who were awake and watched the full procedure on the camera screen. The best part is when the procedure is done they give you full color pictures of the inside of your colon. You can get copies and hand them out as christmas cards. Oh yeah ask for the lemon lime flavored colon blow you will still probably gag. good luck it was not bad.
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