One of the rewards on turning fifty is getting the Age Fifty Colonoscopy.
WHY are we Half Cententarians doing this?
From the CDC:
Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.1 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.1
A grape-like growth, or polyp, in the colon or rectum is common in adults and usually harmless. But some polyps—known as adenomas—may eventually turn into cancer. Doctors can spot and remove polyps during a colonoscopy, which uses a flexible, lighted tube to examine the colon and rectum. If the test doesn’t find adenomas or cancer and you don’t have risk factors for the disease, your chance of developing it is low for the next ten years. That’s because the test misses very few adenomas, and colorectal cancer grows slowly.
I have to say, my prep was very easy. The medication-in my case, the magnesium citrate, worked well. I didn’t have any cramping, just lots of time sitting on the toilet. I did play my Candy Crush Saga game quite a bit as I sat there.
There seemed to be more prep involved for the colonoscopy than my knee surgery in April, but this was a bit more invasive than just making a hole in my knee. The nurses have trouble putting the IV in my arm and I told them I was feeling faint. So they just lowered me down in the trolley and switched to my other arm. My doctor asked if I wanted to be totally “out’ for the procedure and I said YES! Next thing I knew, I was back in recovery room and eating a Subway sandwich 30 minutes later.
My results were pretty standard. I have some diverticuli, so it is recommended I increase my fiber. Ha! I have a pretty high fiber diet already, so I will continue on my standard diet.
Other than walking a bit slow out of the hospital, I’ve recovered very well (I’m writing this same day as the procedure.)
Make sure you get this important check up folks. It’s a very important test for cancer that you only need every ten years after age fifty!
Make that appointment today! Happy Birthday!