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Millions Skip Test for Colon Cancer
FOXNews.com ^ | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Associated Press

Posted on 02/16/2010 10:35:56 AM PST by metmom

WASHINGTON — Nearly half the people who need potentially lifesaving checks for the nation’s 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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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: cancer; colonoscopy; health; medicine
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Skip a colonoscopy? I can't imagine why........
1 posted on 02/16/2010 10:35:56 AM PST by metmom
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To: metmom

But it’s good to know that there are other methods of screening out that that are less invasive.


2 posted on 02/16/2010 10:36:30 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

Here’s my colon:


3 posted on 02/16/2010 10:38:48 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: metmom

they can even do this test now via a non invasive virtual screening but the insurance companys won’t cover it due to cost...


4 posted on 02/16/2010 10:39:07 AM PST by tatsinfla
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To: metmom

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.


5 posted on 02/16/2010 10:40:39 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: metmom
"The dreaded colonoscopy ..."

The only reason it is dreaded is the day before the procedure!

6 posted on 02/16/2010 10:40:49 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: HerrBlucher

Good one, HerrBlucher!


7 posted on 02/16/2010 10:41:55 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Versed is a marvelous drug.


8 posted on 02/16/2010 10:42:25 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.

NEVER AGAIN......

Changed gastros......


9 posted on 02/16/2010 10:42:35 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: HerrBlucher

What happened to that Tylenol capsule-sized TV camera one could just swallow?


10 posted on 02/16/2010 10:42:41 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.....

NEVER AGAIN......

Changed gastros......


11 posted on 02/16/2010 10:44:01 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: HerrBlucher
Besides, the colon video is a lot better entertainment than 99% of what is on tv anyway.

That's because what they don't want to see any of while they're in there, is already ON TV.

12 posted on 02/16/2010 10:45:33 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
The only reason it is dreaded is the day before the procedure!

You got that right, buddy. I found a piece of Hubba Bubba chewing gum I swallowed back in the 3rd grade.

13 posted on 02/16/2010 10:46:17 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: metmom

colon cancer hurts


14 posted on 02/16/2010 10:47:30 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (happily replying to threads without reading the articles since 2002)
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To: tatsinfla

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.


15 posted on 02/16/2010 10:48:20 AM PST by conservativegranny
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To: metmom
The medical commercials nowdays are absolutely pathetic...

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....

16 posted on 02/16/2010 10:49:14 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: conservativegranny

Same here.


17 posted on 02/16/2010 10:50:47 AM PST by John W
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To: metmom

Well, for starters, 66,882,230 people would be ineligible for this procedure due to the cranial blockage in their colon.


18 posted on 02/16/2010 10:51:07 AM PST by digger48
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To: Red_Devil 232

It is the prep that is the worst. The drugs they put you on during the test itself are heavenly.


19 posted on 02/16/2010 10:51:30 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: metmom

March 4th and I won’t be skipping.


20 posted on 02/16/2010 10:52:11 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: metmom
Colon cancer killed my father at age 63. I've had 3 colonoscopys and slept through them all. The prep is the bitch and not the procedure. Please don't put this test off...I know from up-close observation that colon cancer is not a nice way to die.
21 posted on 02/16/2010 10:53:46 AM PST by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: HerrBlucher

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.


22 posted on 02/16/2010 10:55:26 AM PST by Venturer
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To: HerrBlucher
"Besides, the colon video is a lot better entertainment than 99% of what is on tv anyway..."

LOL - good one :o)

23 posted on 02/16/2010 10:57:16 AM PST by traumer
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To: metmom

My doctor told me there is 1 in 1000 chance that my colon could be perforated by the exam. No thanks...


24 posted on 02/16/2010 10:59:13 AM PST by steveo (2010 never again)
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To: conservativegranny

that is a very good reason i am sure...the other is the test itself...i am one that has reached that age...(gulp)


25 posted on 02/16/2010 11:02:23 AM PST by tatsinfla
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To: metmom
I never knew it happened.

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

26 posted on 02/16/2010 11:04:13 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

” 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)


27 posted on 02/16/2010 11:07:53 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hodar
You got that right, buddy. I found a piece of Hubba Bubba chewing gum I swallowed back in the 3rd grade.

C'mon. You're better than that...Two and a Half Men just used that joke.

28 posted on 02/16/2010 11:09:40 AM PST by camerongood210
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To: JPG

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!!


29 posted on 02/16/2010 11:10:06 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: metmom

because they send it “uppa U.S.”


30 posted on 02/16/2010 11:10:43 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Trust but Verify

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.


31 posted on 02/16/2010 11:11:25 AM PST by heylady
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To: metmom

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.


32 posted on 02/16/2010 11:11:33 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Trust but Verify; SortaBichy; Delmont
The drugs they put you on during the test itself are heavenly

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.

33 posted on 02/16/2010 11:16:49 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: steveo

1 in 1000???

How many tests do you intend to have?


34 posted on 02/16/2010 11:18:28 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Like I said, I never knew it happened

Commercial grade ruphie?

35 posted on 02/16/2010 11:19:33 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: heylady

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?


36 posted on 02/16/2010 11:19:37 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: Eagle Eye

none thank you...


37 posted on 02/16/2010 11:23:16 AM PST by steveo (2010 never again)
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To: Trust but Verify

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.


38 posted on 02/16/2010 11:27:23 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: metmom

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.


39 posted on 02/16/2010 11:28:52 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Red_Devil 232

See, that is a doctor that cares. I think I’ll go to someone else the next time.


40 posted on 02/16/2010 11:35:19 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: metmom

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.


41 posted on 02/16/2010 11:37:53 AM PST by Zathras
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To: conservativegranny

My test was 1000 but perhaps thats Oregon.


42 posted on 02/16/2010 11:39:16 AM PST by Zathras
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To: metmom

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.


43 posted on 02/16/2010 11:39:27 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: metmom

44 posted on 02/16/2010 11:39:37 AM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Zathras

Is this the stuff?

45 posted on 02/16/2010 11:40:37 AM PST by camerongood210
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To: Trust but Verify

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!


46 posted on 02/16/2010 11:44:11 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: heylady
You have to be fasting and a noon appt is too long to go without eating.

Hunger is not a disease. Deal with it.

47 posted on 02/16/2010 11:47:36 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: The Great RJ

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?


48 posted on 02/16/2010 11:49:11 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Red_Devil 232
“The dreaded colonoscopy ...”

“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.

49 posted on 02/16/2010 11:49:29 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Red_Devil 232

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.


50 posted on 02/16/2010 11:53:42 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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