Skip to comments.Millions Skip Test for Colon Cancer
Posted on 02/16/2010 10:35:56 AM PST by metmom
WASHINGTON Nearly half the people who need potentially lifesaving checks for the nations second-highest cause of cancer deaths - colorectal cancer - miss them, despite years of public efforts to make colon screening as widespread as tests for breast and prostate cancer. The dreaded colonoscopy may get the most attention but a cheap, at-home stool test works, too - and when California health care provider Kaiser Permanente started mailing those test kits to patients due for a colon check, its screening rates jumped well above the national average.
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But it’s good to know that there are other methods of screening out that that are less invasive.
Here’s my colon:
they can even do this test now via a non invasive virtual screening but the insurance companys won’t cover it due to cost...
The stool test can’t screen the earliest signs of cancer, only an in-colon camera can do that. Besides, the colon video is a lot better entertainment than 99% of what is on tv anyway.
The only reason it is dreaded is the day before the procedure!
Good one, HerrBlucher!
Versed is a marvelous drug.
Well, if you’re not out completely, only lightly sedated, that is arguable.
The last moron gastro I went to doesn’t knock you out for it.
What happened to that Tylenol capsule-sized TV camera one could just swallow?
The last moron gastro I went to doesn’t knock you out for it, I meant to add that he only lightly sedates you. It’s not enough.....
That's because what they don't want to see any of while they're in there, is already ON TV.
You got that right, buddy. I found a piece of Hubba Bubba chewing gum I swallowed back in the 3rd grade.
colon cancer hurts
Our insurance company doesn’t cover regular colonoscopys until you’ve reached your deductible. The test runs between $3000-5000 here. Our deductible is $5000. That could be why a lot of people aren’t having the exam. They can’t afford it.
Heard another one this morning for a particular hospital....Where they repeatedly stated, "Try us first"
The medical profession has most of the elderly all strung out of drugs...It's just pathetic....
Well, for starters, 66,882,230 people would be ineligible for this procedure due to the cranial blockage in their colon.
It is the prep that is the worst. The drugs they put you on during the test itself are heavenly.
March 4th and I won’t be skipping.
LOL, you can say that again.
Televison is a direct reflection of the left wing who produces that crap.
Even the History channel doesnt do history any more they are too busy running the end of the world synopsis.
LOL - good one :o)
My doctor told me there is 1 in 1000 chance that my colon could be perforated by the exam. No thanks...
that is a very good reason i am sure...the other is the test itself...i am one that has reached that age...(gulp)
The nurse had me lay on my side with my right arm resting on the bed rail and she gave the knock out drug. I was waiting and waiting to be knocked out and after what I thought was about 5 min. I called the nurse and told her that the stuff was not working. She said, what stuff? I said the drugs to knock me out. She laughed and said Mr. RedDevil you have been out for a while and the procedure is over. As soon as you feel like you can get dressed you can go home.
Like I said, I never knew it happened.
What ever they use works real fast! LOL
” Like I said, I never knew it happened.
What ever they use works real fast! LOL “
When I got mine, the drug they used was propanol. Best sleep I ever had, no hangover. This is also the drug given to Michael Jackson on a regular basis which killed him...(along with some others)
C'mon. You're better than that...Two and a Half Men just used that joke.
I put off having the test done for 5 years until my family practice doc shamed me into getting it. Those 5 years caused a nasty scare until the polyps they found were ‘only’ pre-cancerous. DON’T PUT IT OFF!!
because they send it “uppa U.S.”
It is the prep that is the worsT”
This might be considered too much information but if it helps....
Buy Preparation H and the Preparation H wipes. They work
Put a blanket and pillow in the bathroom..easier than having to keep getting out of bed all night.
Try to get the first morning appointment. You have to be fasting and a noon appt is too long to go without eating.
The Occult blood cards only tell you if you have bleeding in your colon. You really need to know before it advances that far.
The virtual colonoscopy still requires the prep and if they see a polyp then you still have to go for the regular colonoscopy.
I worked in the lab across the hall from Endoscopy and only twice in 20 years did a Dr ever puncture the viscus of a patient.
Never the first time here, nor will there be ever, nor would I agree to it or any other similar invasive test, GI or otherwise for $100,000 (and I am not wealthy). When the Lord wants me gone I’ll check out in a hurry.
After my last one, I was on a gurney in a little niche while coming out of the drugs....I gather I had my knees drawn up, exposing much of my lower anatomy; and I was of course farting like a champ.
Some woman on another gurney had a worm's eye view and started bellowing until a nurse came and re-covered me and put my knees down.
1 in 1000???
How many tests do you intend to have?
Commercial grade ruphie?
I made the BIG mistake of taking an afternoon appointment for my first test. NEVER AGAIN. I was so dehydrated by the time the test rolled around that I had the worst headache EVER and they couldn’t find a vein to put the IV in. Why would they schedule that for the PM knowing full well what shape the patient will be in by that time of day?
none thank you...
The Dr. I use does all the procedures in the morning. I mean early morning - we had to be at his clinic at 5 am.
The colonoscopy procedure is no problem...I was knocked out and don’t remember a thing. However the “prep” the day before is nasty, but if you go on a clear liquid diet for a day before the cleanout it is not so bad.. I also have had a barium enema to visualize parts of my colon that could not be scoped. You check your dignity at the door for that procedure.
See, that is a doctor that cares. I think I’ll go to someone else the next time.
For those who haven’t had it done, colonoscopy is much easier than it was even 5 years ago.
Most facilities knock you out which eliminates the fear factor.
The prep was more of an issue than the actual proceedure.
My test was 1000 but perhaps thats Oregon.
Skip it if you want to risk early cancer not being caught. After 60 and by the time you reach 80 you will very likely have colon cancer. The non-invasive tests are nowhere near as reliable.
The feared poke and prod is not that bad and the worst part is taking the nasty laxative juice before. The procedure was painless, I was awake for most of it and there was no pain or after effects other than an incredible desire for a four course meal. I’m now considered good for another 10 years.
Is this the stuff?
I am scheduled to have another one sometime in Oct. - Nov. time frame. I am dreading the day before. Last time I could not keep the last glass of the prep solutiong down! Nasty stuff!
Hunger is not a disease. Deal with it.
Have not had one yet, but it seems like you could wind down your food intake over a couple days ahead of time to keep it from being so bad. Eat high fiber for a couple days, then the clear liquid day?
“The only reason it is dreaded is the day before the procedure!”
I had my 50,000 mile check up in November. The check up itself is nothing. You don't even know it happened. Its the sani-flush you have to drink the day before that is the bad part. Does leave you feeling clean as a whistle for several days afterward though.
The stuff I took the last time, Fleet Phospho Soda, appears to have some class action lawsuit against it. I woke up with the TV on one night and heard one of those ambulance-chaser lawyer ads on. That stuff was nasty, but you only had to drink like 3 ozs of it.
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