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Old 04-28-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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that seems to be standard. When to stop also seems to depend on the doctor.
Or your health insurance. A friend of mine who has Kaiser says that her coverage allows the first colonosopy at age 60.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Or your health insurance. A friend of mine who has Kaiser says that her coverage allows the first colonosopy at age 60.
wow, that is really pushing the button. I remember, years ago, thinking Kaiser was the closest thing to socialized medicine we would see in the USA. Well, I know a lot of people who swear by Kaiser, I think I was closer to right. And BTW, we had Kaiser twice.. Both times, we were government employees.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I think different doctors say different things. My father had colon cancer so I was told that I had to have it done at age 40 or so. Different doctors told me different things.

I ended up having to have one last year along with an upper endoscopy because I had severe iron deficiency anemia and they thought I was bleeding internally somewhere.

I did end up having a pre-cancerous polyp and that was at age 38, white female. I have to go back in another year now to have it done again.

Cancer took both of my parents and I feel like it is trying to get to me too, so I will continue to do as the doctors say and have it done.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My husband is 40 and had to have one because of 2 diverticulits attacks last year.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:27 AM
 
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that seems to be standard. When to stop also seems to depend on the doctor. As I mentioned, some doctors want a repeat every 5 to 10 years for life, others only until age 70 or 75. Our primary care doctor says forever, but the surgeon she recommended suggested none after 75. Who knows, I think the best any of us can do is depend on what our doctors say.
I had one every 5 years till age 70 and 5 years later that last one has not let me have a normal BM I have had to take stool softners ever sense.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:45 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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My doctor recommends 50 and if they find no polyps then not another one for ten years. If they do find and get rid of polyps then it's back in five.
Something like that for mine too (3-5 years, if found w/ a polyp) with the additional condition that there isn't a family history - then they suggest you go at an earlier age.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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If you don't have any symptoms, age 50 is probably fine... However, I knew someone who died of colon cancer at age 48; she was diagnosed at age 46 with stage 4 CC. For my own peace of mind I had a colonoscopy at age 48 (almost 49), and was relieved when they found nothing. If you're really worried about it, get a colonoscopy now (assuming you can afford it, since most insurance plans won't pick up the cost unless you're 50+).
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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If you don't have any symptoms, age 50 is probably fine... However, I knew someone who died of colon cancer at age 48; she was diagnosed at age 46 with stage 4 CC. For my own peace of mind I had a colonoscopy at age 48 (almost 49), and was relieved when they found nothing. If you're really worried about it, get a colonoscopy now (assuming you can afford it, since most insurance plans won't pick up the cost unless you're 50+).
We have no guarantees in life. Yes, any disease can hit at anytime, but all the testing in the world isn't going to catch every condition. I do think, it is very important to listen to your doctor: I also think it is very important to use common sense and I think we are way over-medicated and over tested. I am glad you now have peace of mind, I also know a lot of insurances won't pay for some procedures just to help us have peace of mind. It appears most doctors do not recommend them until 50 plus unless there is a family history.
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