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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They told my loved one, afterwards, of course, that he could use crystal light or something like that in the stuff for better taste. Also that they don’t really expect you to take ALL of the solution.
Most private insurance do not cover “screening” colonoscopies. They will only cover IF you have a reason blood in stool, change in bowel habits etc. The stool quiac cards are a poor screen. May only pick up 15-20% and likely to be more advanced. But, if it is positive your colonoscopy is now diagnostic and covered not a screening exam. Now before you get bent out of shape just think how much insurance rates would have to increase to pay for everyone to have a screening colonoscopy. Cost here is about 3,800 nothing like a 120.00 mammogram.
Do you work in Tulsa by chance??
You do remember you can have all the clear liquids you want. Beer worked for me and made it fun.
I found some advice on the net:
Pretend that you hold in your hand the only antidote to the lethal virus that has been introduced by some foreign monkey into our country. You will die if you do not drink this glass within 10 seconds every 10 minutes. You may not stop, and you may not lose it into the kitchen sink. It is your only hope.
They still have it, my dad did it just last week. It is an expensive procedure, and if they find anything, they have to go in anyway. They may reserve it for looking at portions of the bowel that cannot be reached by colonoscopy (which was the part they needed to examine in my father).
No I am in Mississippi. Yes to the beer!
Yeah, I really got a chuckle out of it. Having gone through the proceedure just a couple of months before - I could really 'relate'.
Luckily I’m still young enough that I don’t have to worry about this sort of thing for a long time. I remember a few years ago my dad had to have one and they sent him home with a 30 count of some pain pills. After that, I’m not too keen on the procedure.
One thing this shows is that people want to make their own decisions about health care. They have their own reasons for what they will and will not subject themselves to. They will lose that freedom if the government takes over.
You were lucky, you could choose another doctor.l have had the same sadistic doctor six times.l am always awake and it hurts so much.l also have to make an appointment a year in advance.l have to mention that l am Canadian.
Do you live near the border?
The procedure vs the prep was a toss up for me. The procedure hurt like h-e-double hockey sticks because I was only lightly sedated.
That’s why I switched gastros.....
I understand the concern. Age is a factor in that statistic, though.
“Hunger is not a disease. Deal with it. “
I don’t have to deal with it, thank you very much. As another poster noted dehydration becomes a problem getting an IV started . People react differently to low blood sugar. You start to shake, feel dizzy, get chills. A little planning ahead to get a morning appointment can make an already stressful procedure more tolerable.
Geez. You’d think the world was coming to an end if you missed a meal.
Not everybody has the same kind of metabolism and can deal with blood sugar issues. Some people are diabetic, some are hypoglycemic, and some cannot tolerate changes in their blood sugar well.
Just because you find something easy to deal with, doesn’t mean everybody does.
Quit being so arrogant.
There is supposed to be pills you can use instead...I can’t take the liquid makes nasty sores in my mouth. For that matter the clear liquid diet the day before and a couple of laxative tabs would probably do the same thing. Drink lots of fluids ... water especially all day. Could do the laxatives for a couple of days in a row just to be on the safe side.
l live about 150 miles from Duluthl would have to pay for it myself and it is very expensive.The last time l had the colonoscopy l was polyp free and don’t have to have a colonoscopy for three years.l took 90mg aspirin every day for three years and did not have any polyps.My Sister who has had numerous polyps in the last 20 years also took the aspirin and she was polyp free as well.l may consider going to Duluth.l guess that would make me less anxious.We pay so much money in taxes for our FREE healthcare and l hate it.
You have to be careful of sodium and potassium loss when cleaning yourself out like that, more so than just with fasting.
Doctors recommend Gatorade or Pedialyte to deal with electrolytes.
Every year is a bit much, isn’t it? Or is there family history?
I know someone who has Crohns and they only have to go every two years.
Every five is recommended if there’s colon or breast cancer in the family and 10 if you’re clear with no family history.
Found an old Dave Barry thread about colonoscopies....
Dave Barry: A journey into my colon — and yours (funny but serious)
I have to have one soon.
I was OK on my first one, but have had some really elusive food allergy problems and there are some tests that they can run, with biopsies, to check for certain conditions.
That is why I changed my gastro. Not doing that conscious in any way, shape, or form.
Not looking forward to clean out day cause I’m allergic to so much, I don’t know how I’ll react to the Pedialyte or the clean out stuff.
Is the dread colonoscopy related to the Dread Pirate Roberts?
As soon as you come down off your high horse.
What a typically ugly American response.
If it weren’t for the allergy factor, I wouldn’t.
It’s the reaction to whatever may be in the clean out stuff that concerns me.
Truth hurts, eh?
Just because you don’t have a problem with blood sugar levels, doesn’t mean others don’t. It’s the height of arrogance to sneer and look down on someone simply because they react differently than you.
What makes you think Americans are ugly? You’ve acted like an obnoxious pig from the moment you came onto this thread. Keep your anti-American sentiments to yourself.
“I know from up-close observation that colon cancer is not a nice way to die.”
I am sorry for your loss. I lost my Aunt last year, due to a perforation of her bowel during a colonoscopy. It was not a nice way to die, either. She went septic.
It’s disgusting that some people think anyone with less than perfect health should be kicked around. They always sing a different tune when their own health begins to fail.
Nothing is risk free. You just have to weigh them and decide.
Yeah, isn’t it a shame that not everyone is as perfect as they are?
If you don’t like it, why are you living here?
There are plenty of other countries on this planet which share you sentiment. You could be happy there hypocritically commiserating about what jerks Americans are.
I'm truly sorry for your loss.
The prep is the bitch and not the procedure.
Dave Berry, a humor columnist, wrote an in depth article about his colonoscopy. He said some people mix the prep with vodka; however, this may result in the patient running to the bathroom in a drunken state spraying uncontrollably. After wards, the patient would have no choice but to burn their home down to the foundation.
May all your colonoscopy appointments be early in the day.
I ran across that thread. There’s a link to it in post 72.
Best laugh I’ve had in a long time. Probably because I could identify with it.
Except that my colonoscopy wasn’t so pleasant cause I wasn’t out completely for it.
Do you know your specific clean out regimen yet?
Yeah. Trying miralax and Pedialyte and lots of chicken broth.
And not really interesting in a test run. I’ll just take my chances cause if I’m going to react, I’ll react whether I do it now or then and I don’t see that any other method is any better option.
They should give them out during Opening Day this spring and maybe at the Super Bowl.
You think so? Here is another one. You're really an a$$hole.
No, I wasn’t getting a screening. I had a problem otherwise I never would have had it done. And I had just had back surgery so my deductible had already been met.
My insurance will not cover PET Scans, CT scans, MRI’s and certain xrays and scans. Only basic xrays for example a chest xray. And yes, I have had an illness or a disease at the time. It goes under the deductible and we have a $5000 deductible. I had to pay for a bone scan out of pocket too. I had already been diagnosed so that wasn’t a screening either. I’m still making payments on that.
I’m certainly not “bent out of shape”. I was just stating a possible reason why people were not running to get these done. Between the nasty prep the night before and the cost for those whose insurance doesn’t cover I think that may be a possible reason why there are such a low number of people getting these. I feel very blessed to have any health insurance at all and realize that insurance companies have to draw the line somewhere.
My husband works for a small company and they need to keep insurance costs down. I understand that completely. I’m not complaining.
Costs vary depending on where you live and what hospital or clinic you have these done at. I obtained the cost estimates through my insurance company website.
One thing people can do is have them done when they have already reached their deductible for the year for something else.
There are different brands and types of preps that they can use. I have IBS and was worried too. I asked my regular doctor to contact the gastroenterologist and ask that he prescribe the gentlest prep. I used GoLytely and it wasn’t bad at all. I did start taking the pills earlier in the day than they recommended and that turned out to be a good idea.
Make sure it is the GOLytely. They make other “Lytely” that are not as mild. Did it taste awful? Yep, it wasn’t the best tasting stuff. Make sure you use the coldest water you can. I refrigerated the jug of water before using it. You can’t flavor it with any type of Cyrstal Light. Just the lemon I think. Nothing with red or pink coloring.
I did wake up before the procedure was finished and it wasn’t pleasant. If I ever had another one I’d make sure the doctor and I discussed that possibility beforehand.
I’m a diabetic so skipping meals is really not so easily done. Diabetics usually get the first appointments in the morning for this reason. You don’t have any idea how much insulin to take. If you take too much and your blood sugar gets too low you will have to eat or drink something sugary and cancel the test and do it all over again. EEK! That just adds to all of the angst IMO.
I did have to do this once before years ago for a kidney xray and I passed out I got so sick from what I had to drink. I’ve known a few people who have fainted during the prep procedure. One ended up hitting her head on the sink and had a concussion.
I wonder sometimes why they give a 200 lb man the same amount of prep as a little 90 lb. old lady. (not me)
Just saying that for people who have IBS or other problems already, diabetic etc. it isn’t always a piece of cake.
I have a friend who has gone through rectal cancer and these preps are hell for her.
Try to talk to your doctor about your worries and see what they can do for you to make it a bit easier like a milder prep solution.
And one more: You really have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?
On the contrary...
Everyone gets it but you.
Why don’t you go play in traffic somewhere?
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