For first time, colonoscopy proven to be a lifesaver

  • Article by: DENISE GRADY , New York Times
  • Updated: February 22, 2012 - 10:53 PM

Major study showed that the screening cut death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent.

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djvenomFeb. 22, 12 5:33 PM

This is a big day for medical research. People have also for a long time held the belief that not sleeping on railroad tracks prevented being mangled by a train. There too is is now a study published backing that theory.

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keithevaFeb. 22, 12 5:36 PM

The first reason to dread a colonosopy is the cost and the "PREP" the day before. Not much fun visiting the bathroom every half hour. The test itself is rather short and with the sedative, painless. It is a wonderful tool for an "ugly" disease. It should be readily available for everyone over 50!

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bh1963Feb. 22, 12 7:40 PM

My mother was in nursing her whole life, never had a colonoscopy. Then at age 64, docs discovered a grapefruit-sized tumor in her colon. Almost too late to remove, but they were able to, along with 18" of her colon. 8 years later she's fine, but had to go through chemo and the whole deal. So she hounded me for years and I finally had one a couple years ago at age 46. Clean as a whistle, I don't see the big deal. You are so sedated, you don't feel a thing. Then afterwards, you fart like a banshee to get all the air out and chow down like crazy. Worst part for me was the fasting the day before. Get one! It may save your life!

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mrhandsFeb. 22, 12 8:26 PM

Its worth the pain and suffering to prevent future pain and suffering, but I had one 5 years ago and the prep and fasting the night before was easy. However, the procedure felt like I was being disemboweled. It was so painful. Maybe the dr. I had did not do the procedure well.

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boat1927Feb. 22, 12 8:51 PM

This procedure saved me.

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faustusFeb. 22, 12 9:06 PM

djvenom - please re-post your comment in English. It's hard to tell if you're supporting the procedure or mocking the need for it. And mrhands - definitely find another health care provider to administer your next procedure. I've never heard anyone who has had such a terrible experience with a colonoscopy. I'm genuinely sorry you had such an awful experience. Most people (me included) found the preparation unpleasant - inconvenient might be a more appropriate way to phrase it. Wasn't painful, just ... ick! My biggest fear was the thought of having to feel something snaking up into my innards for half-and-hour. It was nothing like that. I was right on the edge of consciousness, just awake enough to hear voices and respond. At one point I had a slight cramping - like having gas in one spot - and the "voice" told me how to shift my body slightly. I did as told, and felt nothing for the rest of the procedure. For me the thought of what was going to happen was a million times worse than what happened. I had mine at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. The staff is excellent - the doctor was outstanding. This story/study proves that this procedure is worth the inconvenience and (in my case) incidental discomfort. The thought of it is soooo much worse than the actual procedure. Sure beats any treatment related to colon cancer, I have no doubt! Don't put this off! If you're 50 - have it done!

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LicoriceFeb. 22, 1210:55 PM

Although it's irrational, I can't make myself do it, having seen my better half undergo the miserable prep. Promised I would have the procedure if the hemoccult screening is abnormal. mrhands experience is not encouraging -- how to avoid the incompetent would be good to know.

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southsidesamFeb. 23, 12 1:50 AM

More medical propaganda to pad the wallets of doctors. Screening colonoscopies and mammograms are part of the trillion dollar cancer health care scam to scare us all into opening our wallets for these thieves to dip into. The drop in cancer mortality has been tiny and we'd be a lot less scared and healthier if all of this garbage would just go away. Another example of ObamaCare wasting my hard earned money.

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djvenomFeb. 23, 12 1:58 AM

Yes of course, Festus, this time in English. I thought we all knew that having a doctor check to see if you had cancer may in turn be able to do something about it. Whereas not checking for it may have a more unfavorable result. Not mocking it at all. Actually the opposite. I think it's a good idea to get checked, in fact I thought that before I read the article.

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teresainmnFeb. 23, 12 2:20 AM

Had a horrible experience with this at Methodist. So glad another poster had a better one (and apparently a better Dr) there. Because of nasty family history (my dad and two of his siblings died from this), I'm supposed to have one every 5 years, and this is the year. Because of some scarring and adhesions, and a Dr that was less than compassionate, it was a nightmare. I still can't get the memory of the horrible pain out of my mind. Hubby is encouraging me to go elsewhere. I know it's a necessary procedure, and it saves lives, but right now I just can't do it....

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