Over 50? Stop stalling and get that colonoscopy


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Trad climber
Golden, CO
Aug 21, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
My guess is that this thread is gonna save a life or two. Good idea, Rick.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 9, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
One of my best friends died of colon cancer because he didn't get a colonoscopy. One of the most treatable forms of cancer if caught in time.
I thought the whole procedure, prep included, was pretty much a non event.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Sep 10, 2013 - 09:43am PT
I get the unsedated version from the government.......every April 15th.

Sep 10, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
^^^Me too!^^^

But conversely, think of all the critical places your money is going. Places like the military hiring 29,000 full time staffers just to convince people that the Pentagon is doing good in the world. And the Dept of Homeland security budget is $46,900,000,000 - why should you not pay to have some federal gov't dudes monitor all of your emails and phone calls or pat your ass at the airport? And of course, there is the $220,000,000,000 to pay for interest on old debt. That's just the interest, and we are borrowing 40% of that number just to pay that.

Kind of makes one wonder what will happen once we get this debt hole deep enough. Our kids will be thinking of us I'm sure.

Jul 19, 2014 - 09:01pm PT
There's a new site that's starting to post facilities' cash-up-front prices. You should encourage the Idaho facilities you worked with to list there - they're likely to get a bump in volume from cash payers. Click for the colonoscopy page.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 28, 2015 - 06:01pm PT
got my first screening yesterday... after years of FOB tests...
all clear on the colon front, nothing there... so I guess the next one won't happen for a while (like 10 years).

But it's definitely nice to know that all's quiet on the southern front.

Probably a good thing to get!

Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Mar 28, 2015 - 07:24pm PT
Biggest scam of the current Medical decade.

My Doc has been pushing this test on me for the past three years with the zeal of a Used Car Salesman...all for the low low Out-Of-Pocket Not Covered by Insurance cost of 18 hundred bucks thank you very much please pay on your way out.

Only thing is - when I look at the rationale for this test - it seems to only apply to people with questionable PSA counts (no), or Fecal Occult Positives (no) family history (no), eat red meat (not in 27 years), alcoholic (meh...does three beers count?).

What I also find from my friend Google are numerous documents showing the increasing push by the Medicos to have every Boomer Baby get the tube, but also how this procedure has evolved from one Doc and one Nurse to 2 Docs, an Anesthesiologist, a couple of support Nurses...talk about packing the proverbial azzhole!

In the end (hah) - I finally told Doc to chill out on the tube - I change my oil at every 5000 and don't need an engine flush with complimentary undercoating just so you have another BMW in your personal parking lot.


Greyrock, CO
Mar 28, 2015 - 07:34pm PT
My Doc has been pushing this test on me

had to be quoted

Trad climber
Mar 28, 2015 - 07:43pm PT
Drinking the gallon of antifreeze the day before the exam was the highlight for me. Whoa, not cool.
Now they are finding out many people get passed infections/bacteria by the ass scope as they are difficult to clean properly. My stomach wasn't the same for a year. I thought the whole experience was pretty gnarly.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Mar 28, 2015 - 07:56pm PT
^^^^Have you inquired about Fecal Transplants?

Swallow some poop from a 6 year old Vegan child and your worries are over.

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Mar 28, 2015 - 09:55pm PT
Ricky D, I encourage everyone at 50 to get this test once. If you are completely clean, like Ed, and me, they won't recommend you get another one for ten years.

If there are polyps, they will remove them and those polyps will not go on to become cancerous and kill you. I sat with one of my best friends and watched him draw his last breath at age 60 because he refused to get a routine colonoscopy at age 50. I watched him suffer horribly for 6 months after a diagnosis of stage four colon cancer.

Yes it certainly sounds like you are in a low risk category. That's great. But it is a reasonable thing to do.
colin rowe

Trad climber
scotland uk
Mar 29, 2015 - 06:00am PT
In Scotland everyone over 50 every two years is sent a faeces sample kit which is analysed for blood and cancer of the colon, courtesy of the Scottish National Health Service. The NHS is costly but worth every penny for us ageing climbers.
Roger Brown

Oceano, California
Mar 29, 2015 - 07:05am PT
I just got my third one done. Good for another ten years. My doctor sets up a monitor so I can watch what is going on in there. Modern science is amazing!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 29, 2015 - 07:57am PT
Other options include pooping in a box and getting it to a lab. Or the getting your own scraping and mailing it to the lab in a special envelope. Not sure why most physicians don't let the appropriate patients know about this. It is way cheaper, way less invasive and way faster. This is appropriate for someone without a family history however.

Maybe a physician can offer some info?
Roger Brown

Oceano, California
Mar 29, 2015 - 02:33pm PT
I stay away from Doctors unless there is a real need. I get at least two full blood tests a year and I pretty much know what to look for.(I get copies of everything) My regular Doctor likes that. She say's she has 1200 patients but I only have one. I know what my PSA-TSH3-LDL-A1C-TRIG are. Those I watch. For me, keeping A1C and LDL under control is a daily battle. Hardest thing I have ever done. How are your numbers?
David Knopp

Trad climber
Mar 29, 2015 - 04:56pm PT
reading this as i sit on the porcelain throne. Whiling away the time. I go in for the tubing 6 a.am tomorrow. I'm getting doped up!
David Knopp

Trad climber
Mar 30, 2015 - 01:11pm PT
got back a few hours ago. all clear. propofol, the new anesthetic, is f*#king awesome. who knows what they really did?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 30, 2015 - 01:18pm PT
Gulping down the gallon of gack isn't really that bad considering the alternatives...

state of being
Nov 25, 2015 - 01:33pm PT

Social climber
Nov 25, 2015 - 01:39pm PT
Just remember to get one who can steer that thing. My driver was taking the corners like she was driving a bumper car at Disneyland!
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