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Should the age limit for a colonoscopy be lowered?

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Trubrit
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I see the adverts on the telly all the time.  Get a colonoscopy after the age of 50; yet I see so many out here in their 20's, 30's  and 40's.

I wish ther were more ways to advise people to be aware of their bodies. 

Just me thinking. 

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Annabelle41415
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Definitely. 

Kim

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Yes the age for the first colonoscopy should be lowered to at least 40.

More should also be done to let people know what the warning signs are and about family occurances.

Folks also need to know that they can and should insist on one if they have any concerns, and not allow a doctor to put them off just because of their young age.

Marie who loves kitties

Chelsea71
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I think forty is reasonable. My father and his sister were both diagnosed with crc when they were 60. My doctor told me that I should have a colonoscopy 10 years before the age that they were diagnosed. This would be fifty. (The recommended age for everyone in Ontario). I plan to somehow get one much sooner.

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I'm 43 and I know several people who have now died at my age.  30 is better. 

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I'm 43 and I know several people who have now died at my age.  30 is better. 

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Oh yeah, this is a hot topic for me now.  If Rick had had a colonoscopy at age 40, he might still be here with me.  So, after his diagnosis, I decided to get a scoping - turned out I had a pre-cancerous polyp.  I now need a scope every three years for life.  I always tell people this story with the hope that they will get a scope by at least 45, but 40 would be better of course.  I've noticed that most of the newbies here are in their early 40's, and it angers me that the insurance companies won't pay unless there is a family history of colon cancer. 

take care,

Cyn

danker
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Hard to say!!!  I didn't get my first one untill I was  77.  My wife used to get them ,but I felt I would not be able to get the golitely down.It was soon enough!!  Next week I will be 81 and NED.  LOL

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geotina
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YES YES YES and YES !

George was diagnosed at age 60 and my daughter's doctor has recommended she start at age 40 or a few years before that.  She also advised her that if she experiences any ongoing digestive complaints, a colonoscopy is warranted sooner than later.

 

 Tina

ketziah35
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I had mine at age 40 due to the cleverway my doc wrote up the order.

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I don't want my children going without one and have asked each to have their first one by age 35, this disease is just to horrible to have and not be aware of.  I was 50 when diagnosed and already was end stage.

Winter Egbers

 

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I have also told my boys that they need to be aware of their bodies, and anything that seems odd should be checked out.  I do NOT want them going through this awful chemo, with the chance that their lives may be cut short. 

I wish I knew how to go about changing the age limit for colonoscopies.   Right now, all I can do is work in my community to make people aware of their bodies. 

scared99
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I had mine at 32.   My mom was diagnosed last June at age 62, Her sister at age 70 and her cousin at age 60.   They told me I should wait until I was 50.  I did not want to risk it.   I was shocked when I woke up and the doctor told me he removed to polyps.  God knows had I waited to 50 what those Polyps would have became.  

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You were SO wise to get a colonoscopy, especially with the family history of colon cancer. 

We all need to do something in our own little cirlcle (friends, church, community) to educate men and women on awareness of our bodies, and pushing for early detection.  

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I think one day it will be, I hope that day is soon.  My mom died from it at 57, I was all set to have one at 40 when I ended up in the ER diagnosed state III B at 40,  things need to change.

 

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I'm with you, I say 30!  I'm 43 and I have met so many others my age who have this.

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I'm with you, I say 30!  I'm 43 and I have met so many others my age who have this.

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barbebarb
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Yes. Diagnosed at 48

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Even when I was told from genetic counselling that my mom's cancer was not a hereditary thing coz she got diagnosed at age 66, I would want to get colonoscopy too. I am thinkingof having one ina few months. Mom's surgical oncologist advised us to to be on the safe side. I also wish that everytime a person gets a blood test, tumor markers should be cited too on the results. Any possible diagnostic procedure should be made available.

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Trubrit
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I also wish that everytime a person gets a blood test, tumor markers should be cited too on the results


That's a great ideas

carrieh
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I'm 32 and didn't think I would make it to 33 for awhile there...hereditary non polopsis colon cancer..my doctors all recommend that my children receive colonoscopies at age 20! Every year as they both have a 50% chance of developing it. Hnpcc is a nasty colon cancer and survivors have an 85%chance it will reoccur. Often younger people are misdiagnosed due to age. I was told it was my ovaries..an abdominal infection..hypertension...diverticulitis..on and on. At 26 I was fainting and fatigued, moderate pain,even noticed a little blood but no one would do the test or even suspected colon cancer. By 32 when it was found..constant severe pain..colon completely blocked/ripped apart..permanent ostomy and most of intestines gone large and small..lots of problems. Anyway I do feel that things could have gone much better had Ibbeen tested when symptoms first appeared. Through research Iddiscovered I had EVERY symptom of colon cancer!! It wasn't one or two doctors that didn't do the test...but multiple doctors who all decided I was too young for colon cancer. Sorry about misspellings..typed on phone...

Peace to all..Carrie

carrieh
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I'm 32 and didn't think I would make it to 33 for awhile there...hereditary non polopsis colon cancer..my doctors all recommend that my children receive colonoscopies at age 20! Every year as they both have a 50% chance of developing it. Hnpcc is a nasty colon cancer and survivors have an 85%chance it will reoccur. Often younger people are misdiagnosed due to age. I was told it was my ovaries..an abdominal infection..hypertension...diverticulitis..on and on. At 26 I was fainting and fatigued, moderate pain,even noticed a little blood but no one would do the test or even suspected colon cancer. By 32 when it was found..constant severe pain..colon completely blocked/ripped apart..permanent ostomy and most of intestines gone large and small..lots of problems. Anyway I do feel that things could have gone much better had Ibbeen tested when symptoms first appeared. Through research Iddiscovered I had EVERY symptom of colon cancer!! It wasn't one or two doctors that didn't do the test...but multiple doctors who all decided I was too young for colon cancer. Sorry about misspellings..typed on phone...

Peace to all..Carrie

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The age should be lowered. There are too many younger people being diagnosed at stages 3 and 4.

Judy

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If you elect to pay for the procedure out of pocket, you can probably get them done as early as you wanted to...about $2500 for the retail procedure. 

Perhaps one day, they might lean to 40, but highly doubtful they are going to go down too much past that age..too many $$$'s at stake. 

Already they have adopted the ceiling to be cut-off at 80...and my concerns are that over time - as the population increases and as the population ages, that 80 will be lowered down even further to the age that the insurance company deems necessary or monetarily efficient.

But, again....out of pocket solves the equation at whatever end of the scale you find yourself on...any service is available for the right fee.

The insurance company's objective is not the state of our health - it's about the shareholder's bottom dollar.....and by withholding or denying services, it's an effective way to thin the herd and helps maximize the profit margin. 

And while most of us struggle, even with insurance just to meet the co-pays and out of pocket deductibles, if you have the monetary resources available, this obstacle can be overcome.....but it's hard to do for the majority of the population - and the insurance company knows that too.

 

 

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My insurance covers once every 10 years so when my doctor wants one every two years then I'm responsible for the payment.  My insurance coverage won't cover it no matter what.  I'm going to ask my surgeon when he wants my kids test when I'm there on Friday.

Kim

 

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There are oodles of people on this Board dx in their 40s (like me) and some even earlier.

coloCan
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we don;t think of much:three percent of colonoscopes improperly cleaned

http://medicalxpress.com/print289816736.html

 I wonder: is the fact that more young people are getting Dxed with CRC (and tons of other maladies) i wonder how much our "user-friendly" food supply has to do with this?

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I believe it should start at 40 (I'm 48 with Stage 2 size of a walnut) and every 5 years. But mainly patients and doctors should't take changes in the bowel movements, little ackes and pains and blood in the stool lightly. Most people had those for months or years before their diagnosis. I had a rectal exam every year, but it only lasted 3 sceonds and only concentrated on the prostate. Way too much waiting and misdiagnosis.

All the best for everyone. Laz

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My dad died when he was 68.  He'd had it for many years before being diagnosed.  This was 25 years ago.  I was told by gastroenterologist to be scoped at 48.  I was scoped at 46 and diagnosed with stage 3.  It'd been there for years as well. 

My vote is for age 30. 

I know I'll never see that in my lifetime, but I want to. 

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