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Old 1st July 2015, 22:26   #1 (permalink)
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Bowel / prostate cancer

Well it was that time again for my 5 year flexible Sigmoidoscopy, in laymans terms a long tube inserted in the place where the sun don’t shine. As usual slightly uncomfortable but not painful and I must be getting old as I wasn’t the slightest embarrassed. A small polyp found and taken out and surgeon guy reckoned all was and looked ok but they will send the polyp for analysis (as they did last time). Some reckon these eventually develop in to cancer over a number of years hence their removal.

The downside is having nothing to eat for 24 hours prior and that damned liquid you have to drink the night before to clean out the bowels....its disgusting stuff and you have to drink 2 litres of it, although you can flavour it.

Easy to say as others have but all men over a certain age should get this done as by the time you have symptoms its likely to be too late, it is a silent killer.

So guys, will you?
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Re: Bowel / prostate cancer

ThecNHS send outca DIY kit to all over 65s.
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I believe so but that kit doesnt detect polyps which can eventually turn cancerous, if it is the kit I am thinking of.
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blimey 2 litres .... well done you - job done for another 5 years x
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I can share this .
I had a polyp 5 yrs ago .NHS brilliant .
Removed and found dodgy .
Op to isolate area .
5 yrs later annual checks all clear .

If you find blood in your Poo GO GET CHECKED ?
IF you think it's just nothing YOU COULD BE WRONG .
Please go get checked

If anyone wants to PM me about it please do.
more importantly GET CHECKED .

It's not embarrassing ,painful or discomforting .
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Been using the NHS kit I get sent periodically. So far all OK .
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Re: Bowel / prostate cancer

Same story as Bigalant, I've had polyps removed years earlier, (picked up via poo/blood test) recently a 'dodgy one' found (lesion) surgically removed via Tems operation, 95% chance of non recurrence, yearly check ups. All this in UK, anyone over 50 should do these tests every 3/5 years, or polyps can become cancerous (rectal or bowel) early diagnosis can prevent later problems. PM if you want to know more.
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This is how I ended up getting this done. About 6 years back, Gall stones leading to Gall bladder removal. Side effect is Diarrhoea which does subside after a few weeks, but then it reimerged, a case of eat food find toilet, with not many minutes in between. You learn to adjust/cope with it.

I then because of this was suspected of bowel cancer although they never quite said that so sent for endoscopy, small polyp found, removed and all ok.
Because that was ok they wanted to go in further just to be sure and again all was ok.

I still do the yearly stool check test, usually ok but last one found minute traces (not visible) of blood, done a retest and all ok, so all clear.

3 months later 5 yearly endoscopy due polyp found and removed.

The point I make is that the polyps were found in a sense by accident and removed (this could have led to cancer) The stool test never showed that I had polyps. I think there are other blood test that can be done but not sure of accuracy.

I reckon if I never had my gall bladder removed then I would not have voluntarily gone for any tests. But would say to all us older gents to consider the risk of ignoring getting tested.
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And, not only you men juco, women need to follow the same advice. Been there, done that due to family history of bowel cancer. My mum had bowel cancer, but now fine, sadly her brother didnt recognise the signs and died after it had spread. He was only diagnosed after he was terminally ill. So, any concerns or worries get checked out, and don't be fobed off it the gp thinks you are too young to be scanned. Sue xx
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Yes I agree it is just that the media tend to portray this as a male thing, probably because of our reluctance to get tested.

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How many people get bowel cancer? (Incidence)

There were 37,514 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in England in 2009, 18,538 males and 15,066 females. This represents rates of 57.3 per 100,000 males, 37.6 per 100,000 females and 46.6 per 100,000 overall.
How many people die of bowel cancer? (Mortality)

In 2010, there were 7,170 male deaths from bowel cancer and 5,993 female deaths in England. These represent a rate of 20.9 per 100,000 (male), 12.8 per 100,000 (female) and 16.4 per 100,000 overall.
What is the lifetime risk for bowel cancer?

The lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer for men is around one in 15. For women, it is around one in 19.
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