Skip to comments.5-Minute Colon Cancer Test Could Save Thousands
Posted on 04/28/2010 6:56:22 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa
A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent, a new study says.
British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a "flexi-scope" test, an exam that removes polyps, small growths that could become cancerous.
The test involves having a pen-sized tube inserted into the colon so doctors can identify and remove small polyps. Researchers used the test on people in their 50s. In the U.K., government-funded colon cancer screening doesn't start until age 60.
Researchers compared those results to more than 113,000 people who were not screened. They found the flexi-scope test reduced peoples' chances of getting colon cancer by one third. It also cut their chances of dying by 43 percent. Researchers said the test needed to be done just once in a person's lifetime.
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That way they save money, not peoples lives...................
if that's what they want to do.
is that Dollars or People we are saving?
The Colonoscopy every 10 yrs really isn’t that bad.
The day before is far, far worse than the Coloscopy!! In many ways, getting sedated and sleeping through the Coloscopy was the reward for doing what has to be done.
All in all, I’m going to guess that the ‘prep’ needs to be done whether you go with the flexi-scope every 5 yrs, or the Colonsocopy every 10 yrs. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for doing this only every 10 yrs for a 20 minute, sedated Colonscopy, instead of every 5 yrs with the flexi-scope.
Like I said - the day before is the worst part.
It IS a colonoscopy!!!
Just the same scope that’s been used in the U.S. for at least 10 years.
The problem under socialized medicine is they restrict access!!!
I’ve had two colonoscopies, three years apart. The doctor removed three pylops in the first and three in the second. This study looks to me like a great death panel justification.
We have those here they are called a Flex-sig or Flexible sigmoidoscopy. They only look at the very lower end not the entire colon. (That is where the majority of cancers are). These results compared a flex-sig to the fecal occult blood test not to colonoscopies. The blood stool test does nothing to prevent colon ca as it doesn’t detect or remove pre cancerous or early cancer polyps.
This study demonstrates how crappy government run health care is. All that talk of prevention to reduce cost is a lie.
Consider your health care and realize in the UK they don’t get routine colonscopies or flex-sig, they get a blood stool test only.
That is not our standard of health care.
I think the article is referring to a “sigmoidoscopy” which examines the lower intestine up to the sigmoid. A “colonoscopy” examines the upper and lower intestine. My doctor has recommended a five year interval on the sigmoidoscopy combined with the stool blood test annually. You need the same prep for the sigmoidoscopy as for the colonoscopy, but you aren’t sedated during the exam. I found it somewhat uncomfortable with a pretty bad abdominal cramping sensation. But it sure is better than the alternative (which killed my uncle).
I've had 5 colonoscopies in the past 10 years (as colon cancer has a good deal to do with genetics).
To date, I'm clean.
I don't care what they use to "see" in there...I'm asleep anyway when the "job is done" so to speak.
But this I can say...polyps have been found, biopsied, and been "non-cancerous" to date.
To the rest of you...especially males over 40 - GET IT DONE...AND GET IT DONE NOW!
Government funded screening doesn’t start until 60?
That is so bad. Here, if you have a member of your family that has had CA or bad polyps, the recommendation is ten years of age prior.
So if your family member had CA at 40, you should get a scope at 30. I’m not sure what the minimum age is, but 60 is way too high.
I had my first at 50 (symptomless) and I was almost completely blocked and had some bad cells in there.
Right now I have a good friend at death’s door with this. He is not 50.
Mine is scheduled for tomorrow. Today is going to be a blast (literally)!
I had three removed before 50 and one the next year. Two years after that were none and don't have to go back for 3 more years.
Wouldn't have liked my chances under the UK model...
Sometimes the colonoscopy does not perform so smooth. My wife had a terrible time. The original scope was too large and had to be replaced with the pediatric scope. She was conscious despite the sedation. Overall it was a very difficult experience for her.
I would rather have the colonscopy than flexiscope if the flexiscope can only see part of the colon. I had the colonscopy done twice with polyops found both times although not much in the second time.
Colonoscopy is 7 years now
“The day before is far, far worse than the Coloscopy!! In many ways, getting sedated and sleeping through the Coloscopy was the reward for doing what has to be done.”
Amen!The sleep is well worth all the prep the day before..
I hate the prep but I would rather be alive than worry about what goes on the day before..Maybe we should explain what we are talking about when we say the day before.I'll let you do that..LOL!
There’s a reason it’s called “Fleets”. You feel like an sea of sh#t is flooding out of your body....
I was appalled that people 60-74 in the UK are given fecal blood tests only every other year under their vaunted health care system. That test should be done annually after age 50. I lost my Mother to colon cancer and our family history indicates a likely colon cancer gene. As a result I started getting my colonoscopies in my 40’s. I suppose under Obamacare like in the UK I wouldn’t have that option regardless of my increased risk.
“In the U.K., government-funded colon cancer screening doesn’t start until age 60.”
My pastor’s wife was told right after she turned 50 that she had reached the age that she should start getting colonoscopies. She went in for what she thought would be a routine procedure. They found a golf-ball sized tumor. It was removed, she underwent chemotherapy, and right now is considered disease free. Had she gone untreated she would never have seen her 60th birthday.
Turbo Lax? ;-)
The doc noted a polyp, so at that point I had to schedule the full blown colonoscopy. They can't remove polyps during the Sigmoid, as you know.
Mine was lots more than that..I had to drink a gallon this awful stuff until all gone..And yes I brought a cot to the bathroom..
I have a colonoscopy every two years. The two minutes of bliss right before you go under is best part. Heck, I'd have one every year if they'd let me.
If this is your first go-round, consider my advice (learned the hard way)....when you get up tomorrow and slug down the last of the phosphate for the final blowout, stop drinking water after the 'clearance' takes place.
The time before last, I kept drinking water try and quell the starvation - but the result was that would force me to sh*t again......I damned near needed diapers on the trip to the hospital.
Unfortunately I have a kink in my back colon (my liberal wife said said it was from being a tight assed conservative) and had to undergo a barium enema in addition to the colonoscopy. Without going into details just say you check your dignity at the door when you have a barium enema done.
Colonoscopy are important . My fathers colon cancer could have been caught earlier if he had one. But the tests do carry risks. A relative and a neighbor both died from one. The last on I had the person just before me was rushed to emergency after the colon wall was perforated. That’s what happened to the ones that died.
Yes,if I could sleep that good every night I would feel great all of the time..
Frightening, isn’t it?
I wonder how many people die of colon cancer in the UK. It’s amazing they just accept this.
Remember Tony Snow.
Hadn't heard that. But, better safe than sorry.
Still, IMHO if I can put off "the day before" by 2 yrs with the Coloscopy, instead of going through the ordeal every 5 yrs - I'll gladly do it.
I did the Fleet, too. But I think that is the same prep my wife had for the full colonoscopy. The preps are different for the two procedures?
Around these parts, yes....for the Sigmoid just a nasty enema; for the Full Monty, starve the day before and drink the phosphate the night before and then the morning of the procedure with the goal of sh*tting your brains out.
My mother was dead of colon cancer by then.
I started my screening at age 40
Guess BO care will put an end to that!!