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Colonoscopy Stories

Whether you recently turned 50, have a family history of colon cancer or atypical symptoms that led to your colonoscopy, we're thankful you scheduled the appointment. Colonoscopies are often an uncomfortable topic, but your first person account can encourage others to take this lifesaving step.

Dan - Paw


from Pawtucket, RI

I’m 47 y/o male I had a colonoscopy in Jan 2013, had some minor issues. During colonoscopy they found a tumor. Resection surgery Feb. stage 3 T2N1. Currently doing well chemo. And first 3 month scan was awesome! NED, This has been and continues to be a scary time but, I even more scared to think about what would have happened had I not had the colonoscopy as I wasn’t due to age 50!  I was the typical macho male always said they are not going to do that to me!  Now I’m thinking how stupid that...

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gareth - springfield


from springfield, VA

I have the FAP gene which almost insures that I will get colon cancer.  I have a medical degree but I’m still reluctant to get a colonoscopy because of the “sedation”’s often patient-abuse not something to “relax the patient”....and if I need “conscious sedation”, I will demand an anesthesiologist, not a “trained” nurse (CRNA)...sure CRNA are fine if nothing goes wrong; but they are unsafe if something does go wrong..the local endo center scheduled me for colonoscopy and promised anesthesiologist-only care..on the day of the exam, only a nurse/crna was...

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Stacy - Springfield


from Springfield, TN

In early 2004 my grandmother was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer.  My sister and I are the only girls of seven grandchildren.  We were very close to her.  She lived for about 2 ½ years after her diagnosis.  There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her.  A few years later, I started having some problems and even though I was adopted and unsure of my biological family history my doctor ordered a colonoscopy.  I was scared.  I was 27 at the time and had seen a few young...

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Kristy - Bradford


from Bradford, PA

I come from a very long history of coln cancer. Starting with my Grandmother, who lost her battle in 1986. Then my Uncle was diagnosed and received a bowl resection around 2008. My sister at the age of 43, was diagnosed and also underwent a bowel resection taking over 2 feet of her colon in 2010. Both of my parents have had cancerous polyps removed. I at the age of 37 had my first colonoscopy to start my screenings early. There is nothing to it really. I will continue to be safe then sorry and have regular check ups!

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Tom - Phoenix


from Phoenix, AZ

I went in for my first colonoscopy because I was of that age. Actually, my wife and I decided to get screened together.

During that first colonoscopy, they found some polyps, which they took out right away. I didn’t even know it happened. My second colonoscopy basically went the same way.

My wife and I believe in preventive medicine, and it’s a good thing we do because they found cancer during a colonoscopy I had two years ago.

Immediately after my diagnosis, my doctor at Sun City Endoscopy Center explained my...

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