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Old 10-22-2009, 05:33 PM   #21
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Very good point Rich... and you have convinced us not to go ahead with my mother (who is 90) getting a colonoscopy....

Also, as one of the news reporters said when talking to the network doctor... it is not the test that is bad, but what happens AFTER the test.. as Rich points out, half of the people are going to get 'something' that they do not need to get....

One of the suggestions was, OK, you got a positive test result... lets just wait and see if something else shows up to indicate that your really have 'it'... and if nothing happens... you have nothing done to you....
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:46 PM   #22
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Very good point Rich... and you have convinced us not to go ahead with my mother (who is 90) getting a colonoscopy.....
I wouldn't make such a decision based on what some quack on the internet says .

But seriously, only someone who knows all her specifics can help you make real-world decisions, so please check with her doctor and don't rely on generalities h ere or elsewhere. For example, if she had certain types of polyps in the past, or positive fecal occult blood tests, or any number of other issues, it still might be worthwhile.

Just being cautious...
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Concurr. My BIL has a daughter diagnosed with colon cancer in early middle age, He had a colonoscopy in his mid-70s because of her medical history although he was evidently in good health. His test was positive, he is currently undergoing treatment and because he was in otherwise good health tolerating it well.
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I wouldn't make such a decision based on what some quack on the internet says .

But seriously, only someone who knows all her specifics can help you make real-world decisions, so please check with her doctor and don't rely on generalities h ere or elsewhere. For example, if she had certain types of polyps in the past, or positive fecal occult blood tests, or any number of other issues, it still might be worthwhile.

Just being cautious...

Don't worry Rich... my sister is a nurse with many years and she did not want my mother to get one... no history of anything... just that the doctor suggested it... but since then, she had a seizure which nobody can determine why (nurse sister thinks it is related to flu shot since she had one last year)... her doctor now agrees that the benefits might not be worth the risks..
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:53 PM   #25
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My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in an early stage (36 y.o.) (no family history) just because her doctor likes his patients to start routine screening early. I am very glad this was the doctor's policy as 14 years later, my sister is fine.
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