Colon Cancer is Preventable with a Colonoscopy

A Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life

I was recently told a story of a mother and daughter who both passed away from Colon Cancer, one week apart.

Yes, one week apart. The news left me devastated and frustrated.

Colon Cancer is one of the most curable, preventable cancers, yet it continues to kill.

If everyone would just get a simple procedure known as a colonoscopy we could win this war. Yes, I said simple because it is!

You might have heard all types of stories, but it just takes a little bit of common sense to realize that YOU could save your own life.

I hope I could convince you to make that one phone call that could help save a life.

Whether it be your life or that of a loved one. We could all use a bit of a nudge or some coaxing in order to make the first move.

So, go ahead and do it. Make that phone call.

The most influential person you talk to on a daily basis is you...listen to YOU.

Family History Of Colon Cancer

I have a family history of Colon Cancer. My maternal grandmother and my mother both lost their lives to this dreaded disease. My brother is battling polyps and has repeated colonoscopies. Colon Cancer is highly genetic. If you have a family member who had it chances are you are at high risk.

The test is not something we look forward to, but it's called preventive medicine for a reason. In addition I'd rather have the procedure than the alternative. I must admit I do enjoy the anesthesia, that stuff is miracle in itself.

Each year medical science amazes us with how much easier this procedure gets. It's literally a piece of cake and when your screening is over, you get to eat cake to celebrate the courageous you!

I've heard stories about back in the day when patients were awake during the procedure and it was very uncomfortable, it's not like that anymore. I've been told stories about the prep work being horrible and the liquid having a gross taste.

Times have changed, depending on your physician we are now able to just swallow a pill and drink lots of water. I've heard complaints about spending too much time in the bathroom and not being able to eat solid foods the day before. So what!

If you think about it your bowels are receiving a much needed cleansing! In addition no one has ever died from not eating solids for one day BUT they have died from Colon Cancer. It happens more frequently than necessary!

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Colon Cancer Is Preventable

As an advocate for Colon Cancer I've heard many excuses about WHY people haven't had their test yet. Some of the responses can't be repeated due to inappropriate terminology but I will keep my answers as clean as possible:

1- The gastroenterologist has seen PLENTY of backsides and yours is no different.

2- It's better to have a scope inserted in your colon than have to wear a colostomy bag. Trust me on this one, I have witnesses to testify for this!

3- If there is a polyp found it will be removed and biopsied, you won't feel a thing!

4- There is no easier way to effectively be checked for Colon Cancer. I don't see one in the near future SO stop making excuses and get 'er done!

There is a virtual colonoscopy in which you still need to prep and you aren't sedated. The downside to this test is if a suspicious area is noticed it can't be removed and you'll need a colonoscopy regardless and have to do the prep all over again. In addition your colon is still inflated with air and you will need to lay still while going through the CT scanner. This doesn't sound very enticing to me! I'd rather be taking a little nap and woken up when it's all done.

There are signs and symptoms of Colon Cancer but unless you are aware of them they serve no purpose. Rectal bleeding is one, but that symptom can be from many other issues not as serious. Bloating and excessive gas is another but than again those symptoms are common with other ailments. Extreme weight loss is another sign but here again that could be from many things. I was told that irregular shaped stool (flat on one side) is another sign due to a tumor or polyp blocking the passageway. Your doctor is the best person to judge any issues you have. Never be too embarrassed to ask questions. There are no silly questions. Wouldn't you rather be discussing your follow up appointment in 10 years then when chemo treatments will begin?

Everyone male and female should have their first colonoscopy procedure performed at age 50. If all is well then you won't need another test for 10 years.

If there is a family history of Colon Cancer then you should begin sooner. For example my mother's colon cancer began at age 55. So according to the recommended guidelines, I should have had my baseline colonoscopy 10 years before her cancer began. Which is age 45 for me. Which is exactly when I had my baseline. So if your family member was diagnosed over age 60, your doctor might suggest you start your baseline at a different age.

This is just the basic guidelines. Don't procrastinate any longer, if you fall into one of these groups please get tested. If this message helps save one life I've done my part but I hope this article helps in at least planting a seed in many of your heads. Keep in mind the old adage ... It's better to be safe than sorry!

UPDATE: Perfect results!

I had my second colonoscopy performed on Sept. 9th, 2011.
Prep: Good Procedure: Painless and enjoyed my 15 minutes snooze Results: Perfect colon!

My prep for this procedure was different then the prep I used three years ago.
On Sept 7th after dinner I drank a 10oz bottle of Magnesium Citrate Oral Solution which is sold at any drug or grocery store. Mine was lemon flavored so it tasted like a salty lemon. Yuck. Once I poured it over ice it was easier to drink. It went to work almost immediately.
On Sept 8th I was allowed a small breakfast and then a liquid only diet until after the procedure. The prep today was OSMOPREP pills. 32 of them. At 1:00 I consumed 4 pills with a glass of water every 15 minutes until 2:00. Went to work immediately. Continue with liquids ALL DAY. At 6:00 I consumed the remaining 12 pills.
On Sept 9th at 8:00am I was coming out of twilight and received the news that I was good to go for another 3-5 years. I was ELATED and HUNGRY!!!

When possible try to get the first appointment of the day for your test. The later your appointment is the longer you have to wait for the patients before you. My gastroenterologist is fantastic! He's always early and doesn't spend time on the phone or Internet between patients like some do. My appt. was at 7:30am, I arrived at 6:30am and was out of the surgery center at 8:15am. If you are in the Orlando area I highly recommend my doctor so feel free to contact me.

Disclaimer: This was MY prep for my procedure. Always follow your doctors instructions! The test is truly a breeze. It's worth the inconvenience. Good luck with your test!!!

Colonoscopy Prep for #3 Miralax/Dulcolax/Gatorade

Miralax Colonoscopy Prep
Miralax Colonoscopy Prep

Miralax/Dulcolax/Gatorade Colonoscopy Prep

On October 15, 2014 I had my third colonoscopy. This time around it was a bit of a challenge for me. I decided to try another doctor who was closer to home and performed the procedure at our local hospital. One of the challenges was, I was not allowed to eat any solids the day before. I was used to having a light breakfast. The second challenge was she doesn't begin procedures until 9:30am and I was fourth in line. One last challenge is I can not drink, even water, after midnight. Going 36 hours without solid food and 12 hours without water is indeed quite a challenge. I know realize I was a bit pampered with my last doctor, but due to family obligations I had to do what I had to do.

The prep was a breeze! I always thought I disliked Gatorade so I was dreading drinking it, but I liked it. Maybe it was the Miralax being added to it or my tastes changed, I'm not sure, but the drink was pleasant. The Dulcolax pills are tiny and helped move things along. I was cleaned out in a matter of hours. I started my prep at 10:30am, since I couldn't eat, why wait until the specified 3:00pm. I had some tea, diet coke, chicken broth, lemon italian ices, water and I attempted Jello, just not a fan. I had another perfect prep. My doc was pleased.

The procedure went smoothly. Two polyps were found, snipped and sent off for a biopsy. Kind of scary that in just 3 years, two polyps could appear and the recommended guideline for a colonoscopy is not every 10 years. Not for this girl. I'm sticking to my every 3 years schedule. Also, for the record, I'm a fan of Propofol...I enjoy my nap. If only the hospital would allow me to stay longer and finish my nap instead of rushing me out of the building :)

Do your part to fight Colon Cancer...

Dr. Teresa deBeche Adams

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TheSenior 5 years ago

Although I heartally agree with you on this, the precursor to this is to eat right and healthy And then when that age approcches get a coloscopy.

Because of my family history and not a fat or salt eater and have cut way down on junk food - my MD is allowing me to forgo the colooscopy and just give samples, this was neccessitated by the fact that at my latest exam I passed the prostate exam with flying colors.

I also feel that my going to the gym 3 times a week and working out has also led to me healthy state.


Kat 5 years ago

Thank you for this article. I lost my father to colorectal cancer and the disease is so much worse to go through than the prep or actual test. My dad was in constant pain for over 2 years even with pain meds. It is a preventable cancer if detected early. There are diseases that we can NOT prevent or cure but this is one that can be prevented.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Senior for your input....a healthy diet and lifestyle goes without saying. I'm sure your doctor offered his best advice when he allowed you to forgo on the test but regardless of family history and diet when one reaches a certain age I still highly suggest it. I've spoken with people who were in great health and no family history and their cancer wasn't caught until Stage 3. It's sad but true. Wishing you continued good health!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm sorry for your loss Kat...I feel your pain. I know you will continue to get the word out how crucial this simple test is. Thank you!!


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Tassie Devil 5 years ago

As usual a very informative hub Sunshine.With your family history it is necessary, of course,to continue with your regular checks. I see my MD every 6 months...weather I like it or not, and he regularly takes samples along with my pap smear. I won't hesitate is going for a test if he ever feels the need. Keep up the good word Sunshine. Look forward to your next hub.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Tassie Devil ... I hope your well visits continue for many years, you make this world a better place. Thanks!


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Dave Ligler 5 years ago

Although I have Prostate Cancer , I too have had a colonoscopy in the past two years. Colon Cancer is one that I can prevent and really do not wish to have two cancers. Great Hub and I hope others take it to Heart ! Voted Up, useful and awesome.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great advice.....I know my time to do that is coming quickly....but I would rather do that....than wait and wish I had done it earlier. Voted up and useful....and I would vote important...but they do not have that option.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Excellent idea about the important button cogerson!!! I'll have to suggest that to hubpages :)

Thank you for the comments!!!


Mich 5 years ago

very important hub!! Thanks for spreading your knowledge and helping out others!


Julz4 5 years ago

I am 44 and just had my second colon & endo scope in 5 years. I have problems with acid reflux. So while they have me under they check it all out. My father had polyps & my 2 end oldest son had 3 polyps removed at age 19. 5 years ago my last scope showed nothing other than me being diagnosed with acid reflux. This time around I went back in due to swallowing problems. They found a polyp in my colon. The path report came back as B9 but that the polyp was the type that would have turned into cancer in another 5 years or so. I concider myself lucky to have the swallowing problem! In another 5 or so years I could have been fighting for my life! The preps are so different than 5 years ago! I have 2 sons with Crohn's disease & 1 with IBS. One of my sons is a pre teen! They have no choice they have to get them done as often as needed! It increases their risk of Colon Cancer! Not to mention what the Crohn's in itself does to their entire digestive systems! If a colonoscopy every 5 to 10 years could cure them & keep them healthy they would do it in a heartbeat! The one is a kid & the other 2 are young adults if they can go through a Colonoscopy ( mind you it's not their favorite! ) !!! We as middle age adults can do it! Please it could save your life!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you so much Julz for sharing your journey. You and your family are further proof that CC is highly genetic. A healthy diet and preventive maintenance will hopefully ensure a long cancer-free life for all of you. KUDOS to you for starting early with checks. Wishing you and your family well.


Julz4 5 years ago

Sunshine your Welcome! So far no one in my family on my side or my husbands has had CC!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Sunshine are you peeping over my shoulder? I just scheduled mine yesterday. Great advice. up and very useful


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Yay for you Fay!!! I'm looking out for my peeps :-) Good luck!


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thanks for sending out the warning. The procedure is not painful at all and I was sedated. They woke me up to show me the nodules they found. I am so glad I got my colonoscopy a few years back. The two non-cancerous nodules were removed right there!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hooray for you 2besure! Don't forget your follow-up!!! :)


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fucsia 5 years ago

Thank you for the informative Hub. The prevention is the most important thing, also through an healthy diet, but in case of familiarity this test is absolutely necessary.


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Thanks for reminding me sunshine I had one done almost four years ago, and had two polyps removed so the doc said to go about every 3 yrs after that, so Im calling my dr to schedule it asap. Great hub & info:) ge


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Fucsia and Ge you are more than welcome!!

Ge you are especially welcome for the reminder! I hope your screening goes smoothly with no issues :)


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SUSIE405 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

This is making me feel guilty. I really have to take care of this.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Amen Susie!!!! I'm happy to hear that! Just get 'er done and ease your mind. Good luck!! :)


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Voted up and useful. Thanks for a very important hub. A close relative on each side of my family died of colon cancer, so I am very aware of the genetic risk that I might develop it too. I’ve had one colonoscopy and will make sure that I get another one after a five year interval. The colonoscopy experience wasn't bad at all, and as you say, you are sedated during the procedure.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good for you Alicia for being diligent with your health. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience with CC. We all should thankfulfor colonoscopies instead of fearful or embarrased by them. Wishing you good luck :)


adeaugustus 5 years ago

Believe me, i was thinking about publishing something about colon cancer this week. This one is great. Thanks for sharing.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi adeaugustus! I'm looking forward to your hub on CC. The more of us who get the word out the better our chances of possibly saving someone's life. My test is in one week. Fun!


adeaugustus 5 years ago

Goodluck! sunshine.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you, my friend :)


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Such an important message, Sunshine. My friend's bother, age 39, was just diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and his prognosis is grim. My friend will be having her first colonoscopy ASAP.


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Yeah I had one of those last year, spent a week worrying about it because I asked the Doctor what he was going to put me to sleep with and he said you know that stuff that killed Michael Jackson...LOL

anyway it was all good.

Thanks for the hub


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Age 39, how very sad. My friend who was diagnosed recently at Stage3 is only 43, it's been a rough 6 months for her. Best of luck to your friend Deb, I hope this hub can offer her some pointers on what to expect. Thank you for sharing!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Manthy, Well your doctor has a good sense of humor! Sorry he freaked you out! I actually joked with my anesthesiologist right before the procedure asking if Conrad Murray (MJ's doc) was anywhere in the building, he said his shift didn't start until 1:00! LOL I enjoyed my propofol!!! Kudos to you for having your procedure over and done with!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

a very good share and a wake up call for most men over 40 Good job Sunshine :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Frank, This is a wake up call for men and women over 40. A PSA test for Prostate Cancer is a wake up call for men over 40. Thank you for stopping by :)


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conradofontanilla 5 years ago from Philippines

Sunshine625,

One heritable pathway to colon cancer is familial adenomatous polyposis. A mutation in one allele of the gene adenomatosis polyposis coli (APC) can start cancer development. Five to 7 mutations more in genes of one cell of a carrier of APC initiates cancer. Less than 5 mutations does not initiate cancer; a carrier of APC can spend a lifetime without contracting cancer, unless.... So I go for prevention of the 5 to 7 more mutations inasmuch as mutation in APC is heritable. Mutation is caused by spontaneous factors that are involved during meiosis and by sporadic or environmental factors like free radicals and X-rays. Tobacco or smoking provide them both. Colon cancer can develop even in early age of one with FAP. So having colonoscopy in 3 to five years is a long time that by then colon cancer might have advanced. A nonheritable colon cancer can start by a sporadic mutation of one copy of APC that moves out of the cell of origin and starts polyps in the large intestines. Five to 7 more mutations in genes of one cell initiates colon cancer. So for a noncarrier of mutated APC, prevention is the best course which can be done with enhancement of the built-in body antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, catalase) and antioxidant supplements, diet, halt in smoking or not smoking and inhaling stream smoke, exercise, etc. The same preventive measures hold true for carriers of mutated APC. These also hold true for prostate cancer, although there is a need for more selenium for prostate cancer prevention.


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conradofontanilla 5 years ago from Philippines

Sunshine625,

I am revising this line: "A nonheritable colon cancer can start by a sporadic mutation of one copy of APC that moves out of the cell of origin and starts polyps in the large intestines" to:

In a person who did not inherit a mutated APC -- his normal gene is attacked by sporadic or environmental factors that cause a mutation in gene APC. This one cell with the mutated APC escapes p53 gene, the suppressor gene, and completes the cycle of mitosis. The one cell now becomes two to form a polyp.Once this polyp sustains 5 to 7 mutations more in other genes (gene k-ras in chromosome 12; DCC in chromosome 18; DC4 in chromosome 18; DCPA in chromosome 18; V18-1 in chromosome 18; p53 gene in chromosome 17)it graduates into a colon cancer.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for the info Conrad.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Not much looking forward to yearly colonoscopy days.....but their coming, it seems. :-0


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

No big deal Wesman ... you'll do just fine. Yearly?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Isn't that the recommendation? Seems like I read that for - men over 50 or something.

I'm years away from 40 still, so I'll not get into a hurry for those things!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Men over 40 need a PSA blood test each year for Prostate Cancer.

Men and women over 50 need a colonoscopy ever 5 years unless there is a family history or symptoms before age 50. Good luck:))


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Excellent hub! My Dad had a colonoscopy done years ago and they found polyps but once they operated they found no cancer. Because of this my doctor scheduled me to go and see about having a colonoscopy, done which was before they put you under. I went to the specialist and when he told me that I'd be awake for the procedure I cancelled the colonoscopy. Then five years later I finally went and had one done. By this time it was standard procedure to put you under a local anesthetic. All turned out fine but I guess its about time again to go for another one.Yuck!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Sue, That's great news about your dad! Good for you also, are you going every 3 years due to the strong family history? If not you should! The reason I am sharing this hub today is because a good friend of mine (age 43) with no family history is going through grueling chemo treatments and additional surgeries due to infections after she was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer last year. She's hanging tough. Good luck with your test! Keep us posted!


nomadicasian 5 years ago

Bad eating habit is also the culprit of getting the disease like red meat, raw cow's meat or popularly known as beef steak with blood still dripping out of it and other foods that causes colon cancer. The best thing is that we have vegetables and fruits to rely on.Great hub Ms. Sunshine.


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nadejda13 5 years ago

In my research with Catalytic Therapy of cancer I use few colon cancer's cells lines and found that they have very good response for this kind of therapy. ( learn more about catalytic therapy from my hub there are links to my publication on this subject in scientific journals as well).


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fitnesszone 5 years ago from New York

This is what we call an extremely useful hub! Wakeup call for many.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you all for your useful comments!


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calico Stark 4 years ago from Earth for the time being

This was very informative. I had the procedure done in 2004. They found some polyps and removed them. They never told me whether they were cancerous or not. I wonder if I should get checked again? I am 44 years old now.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Whenever polyps are found it's usually wise to have the procedure done again within 1-3 years. It all depends on what your doctor suggests. I have friends who need to go every 6 months to every 3 years. I hope this info helps and doesn't confuse Calico.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I believe a colon check is part of every physical after a particular age. At least my doctor has been doing that to me regularly. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

You are correct alocsin. The procedure is recommended, but many people don't follow the doctors orders.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you so much for sharing this information. As you know, colon cancer has recently touched my family. This procedure can save many from a very difficult and painful disease. Great information!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is great information and as always cancer stinks!


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Very useful hub. I know of a very young woman who was only 28 and she died of colon cancer. While this is more rare than those who are older, this is an important procedure and we all have to pay attention to our bodies at every age. Thanks.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Tammy, I'm wishing your family member good luck with his treatment. Thank you for sharing.

Alecia, As always I agree!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Express, How sad that a 28 yr old lost her life to colon cancer. Who would suspected someone so young to be a victim, but it's further proof how important it is to be aware of the warning signs. Thank you for your comment.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi KDF, I so understand. My siblings and I also get checked every 3-5 years. It's a simple procedure and I also would rather have a colonoscopy then have dental work done. I'd have a test every year if need be. Thank you for your comment, it could save someone's life!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

A great piece that should be helpful to many people. A sign of a good hub is that it generates a good discussion. Good job here on a difficult subject!


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

A person with heritable colon cancer or familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) has thousands of polyps in the large intestine; each polyp contains an APC/apc gene, the allele APC having been mutated. APC/apc is a notation in genetics that shows the two alleles of a gene with the same function of controlling polyp/cancer, where APC is dominant. Five or more mutations in one polyp occur for polyp to turn into cancer. This one polyp has a kras proto-oncogene that turns into kras-oncogone when one of its alleles is mutated. Kras-oncogone turns the polyp into adenoma, "an intermediate tumor with fingerlike projections" (Cummings, M. Human Heredity, Principles and Issues. 2009:293-296). Other genes are mutated in sequence: gene DCC with both alleles mutated; gene DC4 with both alleles mutated; gene DPCA with both alleles mutated; and gene V18-1 with both alleles mutated. The last to mutate is p53 gene, a suppressor gene, that controls the growth of polyp. Switched on, it stops growth; switched off, the adenoma grows uncontrolled. When p53 gene had been disabled, the adenoma would divide into two adenomas; two adenomas would divide into four polyps, and so forth and so on until the cell matrix is breached and metastasis proceeds. The adenoma nor turns into colon cancer.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you RTalloni, Info on Flaxseed has been added. I appreciate the thought.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Conrad for your additional information. I appreciate it!


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

Anytime. In the last sentence, I meant "The adenoma now turns into colon cancer." I have a Hub "How A Polyp Turns Into Colon Cancer; How to Treat It." Of all cancers I have come across, colon cancer "needs" several mutations more to turn into cancer which means that there is lot of chances to stop it. Heritable breast cancer needs one more mutation only to develop into cancer.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Any and all info you share Conrad is appreciated by many. We thank you!


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God is dead 4 years ago

Very well written and put togther, I shall definitely share it. Thank you and thumbs up (:


Julz4 4 years ago

Hello All it's been a year! Updating from Colon Polyp last year at this time to Breast Cancer this year! Waiting on the BRCA gene testing to come back to find out whether I go on to radiation or more surgery.

Thanks Conrad! I appreciate the info. Mine is DCISMI 2.8cm Stage 1 ER-, PR-. I going it 3 months ago. Something haywire going on in my system! As I know a lot of women are sent for a colonoscopy after a diagnosis of breast cancer.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Julz! Thank you for keeping us updated. Sorry about your latest news.

Wishing you the best!

Conrad is a gem keeping us posted of latest findings.

Never give in!!


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

The gene involved in colon cancer is different from that involved in breast cancer which is BRCA1. Both colon cancer and breast cancer have heritable forms and sporadic or environmental forms. However, a person with a heritable colon cancer may not have a heritable breast cancer. Environmental factors like free radicals and x-rays from tobacco can turn heritable forms into cancer and cause nonheritable forms of colon and breast cancer. That is why preventive measures (taking antioxidants, halt in smoking, avoiding x-rays) work for all cancers.

Tobacco contains polonium 210 and lead 210 that are radioactive that decay into lead 206 which is stable. Polonium has a half life of 138.4 days; lead 210 has a half life of 22 years. That is why even if a smoker stops now s/he will have lead 210 that decays in 44 more years to come, generating free radicals and x-rays. That is a debilitating prospect. The fact about radioactive materials in tobacco had been hidden by some scientists and the tobacco industry some 50 years ago.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Very interesting information Conrad! Thank you for sharing it.


Julz4 4 years ago

Well, I guess I'm toxic for another 14 years or so. I smoked as a teen for about 6 months or so. Also both my parents smoked! Much second hand smoke! Thanks for the feed back. Things you wish you would of known.

Conrad I have a ?. I'm maybe going for radiation therapy, depending on the BRCA results. I know radiation is cumulative. So does it make a difference to get it less amount of days at a higher dose as aposed to a lower dose for more days? Especially on the left side over the heart. Just looking for other opinions pros & cons. Wondering if you have any insite. Thank you!


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

Your oncologist should explain. Taking it in more days may allow your system to recover for the next session. Radiation affects both the cancerous cells and the healthy cells in the vicinity of cancerous cells. That is unlike immunotherapy that targets the cancer cells only and leave the healthy ones alone. Immunotherapy, interleukin-2, is being used to treat melanoma or skin cancer, according to Dr. Howard Kaufman in "The Melanoma Book."

The treatment must hit the cancerous cells during the duplication stage of chromosomes during mitosis that consists of four stages. Not all cancer cells duplicate at the same time. Some are caught duplicating at one time, other chromosomes during other times. Chromosomes of healthy and cancer cells are not vulnerable to radiation or chemotherapy during the interphase of mitosis, the resting stage.That is one if not the main purpose of phasing the treatment sessions.

In the heritable form of breast cancer, the person has one allele of her/his BRCA1 gene mutated and all his cells carry a mutated allele. However, that is not enough for breast cancer to develop. The other normal allele must be mutated as well for breast cancer to develop. That mutation is triggered by environmental factors like free radicals and x-rays. Preventive measures are meant to control the mutation of the normal BRCA1 allele. I have a Hub on breast and ovarian cancers.


Julz4 4 years ago

Thanks Conrad! I think I will check it out & stop hijacking this topic! ; ).

Thanks Sunshine! I hope next time I pop in it will be with good news!


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Excellent article but a subject too many people just hope will go away. I very nearly died three years ago but after an ileostomy I was given my life back. I had no warning so no chance to check it out.

I wish you all good health kind regards Peter


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for sharing your scary journey with us Peter. I wish you good health also!


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

Nice job on this! The horror stories really need to be debunked. The prep is not that bad, you don't even remamber the procedure, and the recovery time is virtually nothing. I just went home and took a nap!

Good for you to tackle what some feel is an uncomfortable subject!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks Dana! It's always best to be safe than sorry. I just convinced a reader who has no symptoms, but does have a family history to get 'er done. They are petrified, but needed the support. Yay!


Guest 4 years ago

Hi, my dad passed away this year from colon cancer. I just turned 40 in Jan and had my first colonoscopy in June (just 3 months after he passed). Everything came out great and I feel super relieved that I did it. They took out a tiny inflammatory polyp so I couldn't have asked for better results after all the anxiety I went through. I highly recommend anyone with a family history to JUST DO IT...the prep wasn't even half as bad as the nurse not being able to get the IV in the first try. I ended up with a black and blue on my right hand and another small one on the left which is where it finally went in. Thats it and the rest you already know!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi, I'm sorry about your loss. I salute you on at the age of 40 being pro-active and have the screening done. If you have waited you never know what that polyp would have done. The bruise is small price to pay for possibly saving yourself from colon cancer. Thank you sharing your journey.


Guest 4 years ago

Thank you Sunshine625! I agree with you 150% and I just want others to realize how important it is. Thank you for having this site and for allowing people to share their stories in order to promote awareness!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for sharing and in doing so possibly saving a few lives. Keep us posted on your progress. I need all the support I could get to convince others to just get 'er done.


Guest 4 years ago

will do ;)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Much appreciated!


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rideinthesidecar2 4 years ago from Virginia Mountains

I am right there with you sista! My brother had colon/rectal cancer in 2004, surgery early 2005, chemo, radiation and chemo. It was August by the time all his treatments were finished. He didn't have his colonoscopy at age 50 like he should have. I am 2 years young than he and did have mine. I used the pills the first time too and drank gatorade. The second one I had I used gatorade and miralax but had to drink a GALLON. This last one was in April 2012 and I had the endoscope and colonoscopy at the same time (may as well get it all done at once!) and only had to drink 32 ounces of gatorade and the miralax and clear liquids the day before the procedure. And yes, it wasn't bad and I was glad to be knocked out and given the MJ (Michael Jackson) drug and awakened refreshed and hungry and ready to go. I do have to go back every 3-5 years because of my family history but I believe the procedure will get better and the prep will be easier. Yes, a colonoscopy is much better than a colostomy. thanks for encouraging people to do this!! Prevention is always easier than having to have treatment!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Wow Deb, we are on another journey together. We are the smart ones who get 'er done. It's truly a piece of cake to have a colonoscopy. I've never had an endoscopy, but I have a couple of friends who get both done at the same time. Just like you said might as well get 'em both over with. Wishing you success on each of your tests! :)


KellyGirl2387 3 years ago

Hello, sunshine:

Thank you so much for writing this. I lost my mama to colorectal cancer in September -- she was diagnosed in May 2010 at 59 years old.

I scheduled a physical two weeks after my mom passed. That changed everything for me and I decided, being as young as I am (25), I'm going to take care of myself, have annual physicals and blood work and do whatever I can to be cancer free. Well, my internist is a rockstar. Ordered a colonoscopy for me, even though she said she's jumping the gun -- she'd rather be aggressive because my mom's cancer was aggressive and diagnosed stage 3 and she'd also like a baseline for me, since I'll have several colonoscopies throughout my life. So, January 4 I go in for my first colonoscopy at age 25. I'm pretty nervous about it, mostly because I'd like a clean bill of health, but I've heard the procedure is nothing. Plus, if they were to find something, it would most likely be polyps at the earliest stages! So, thank you for writing this. I hope to report back with the all clear for the next 3-5 years.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Kelly, I'm sorry you lost your mom to CC. I'm impressed how at age 25 you've decided to become proactive with your screenings. Way to go! The procedure is a piece of cake. I'm sure you'll be fine. I hope other young people are inspired by your message. I'm still pushing friends in their 30's and 40's who have a family history to be screened, they continue to come up with excuses. I'll continue to push them. Keep us posted on your progress. Thank you again for sharing!


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

Julz4,

Once more, because I missed to say that chemotherapy is scheduled far apart to allow blood cells to replace those damaged in one session. Chemo kills healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It is essential that a fellow being given chemo has a high blood count. I have two Hubs on colon cancer: "How heritable colon cancer develops from polyp (benign tumor)," and "Even without an inherited polyp a person can develop colon cancer." I also discuss controls of colon cancer. Don't wait for colonoscopy because when you go for it some adenomas might have advanced that colonoscopy is unable to remove and surgery might be necessary. Colon cancer can be prevented. Its forerunner, the polyp, must undergo 5 to 7 more mutations in genes of the same cell to develop into cancer. That's unlike heritable breast cancer that is controlled by the gene BRCA1. One of its alleles is mutated and is inherited. One more mutation, in the normal allele, in the same cell will make the progress to breast cancer.

KellyGirl might have an inherited colon cancer that is of two forms. I discuss one form in my first Hub.


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

Both chemo and radiation kill healthy cells but differently. Chemo produces free radicals, like singlet oxygen, that kills cancer and healthy cells. Radiation excites electrons in the inner orbital of an atom, like nitrogen or phosphorus; the excited electron moves out of its orbital and the original nitrogen is no longer nitrogen; meaning the cell is injured resulting in death. Radiation like X-ray is high energy that moves an electron; that is what excite means.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. If you've been contemplating scheduling your appointment...now is a good time.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Linda, its really odd but over here in England we never get letters for a checkup for this, we have all the other reminders, but this one is something that is never discussed, great information, and well worth spending just a couple of hours doing, nell


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conradofontanilla 3 years ago from Philippines

There is a new cure for cancer, gene therapy. However, it is still in the development stage. The theory is already here and the procedure done on mice. I have a Hub on this topic.

Native production of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is small and its product, nitric oxide (NO), is unspecific in getting to target. So production of iNOS must be induced and delivery made specific. The gene that controls iNOS of man is cloned, the gene of carrier is cloned, and the gene of antibody that makes delivery specific is also cloned. These genes are sewed up together resulting in recombinant DNA. The recombinant is administered like vaccine. Once the iNOS gene is inside the cancer cell, it will produce NO that kills cancer cells.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

You have given readers lots of good information here. I have a colonoscopy every three years. The prep may be better now, I was miserable. After taking the liquid prep (can't remember the name), I sat on the John for the next 12 hours non stop. The procedure itself was nothing, just the prep was hard on my body!

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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Being from the medical field, I perfectly understand the importance and effectiveness of your thoughts and if transformed into deeds, will definitely save so many lives. Great hub!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I have a great aunt with Colon Cancer, who has, through God's Grace survived it and is doing well. Thanks for this share, which I will pass to her.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hi Sunshine,

I think that it is important to get procedures done to make sure

that you are cancer free or god forbid do have cancer that you can

get it treated right away. thanks for this hub and for sharing the right information.

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Mary, Pinto, Michelle, Torri ... Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Thank you for sharing this life saving information. The preparation for colonoscopy is tough, the procedure is OK. Whatever maybe one should undergo colonoscopy, specially if they have polyps, as you have mentioned. Great hub, useful and informative. Voted up.


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prettynutjob30 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub, voted up, more and shared, the best way to beat cancer is to catch it before it gets too bad.


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jimmyglaughlin 3 years ago from Colorado

I had my first last year. I WAS SO NERVOUS! Freaking out! After it was done, I laughed at how quick and easy it was. Get'er done!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Vellur, Prettynutjob, Jimmy...Amen and I agree with all your thoughts. Just get 'er done.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

As you say, it is a simple procedure and it saves lives. Glad you brought this to our awareness. I've had mine and it put my mind at ease, so worth the trip to the doctor.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Way to go Dianna. A colonoscopy isn't as bad as everyone seems to think. It's fast and painless, plus you get a good nap :)


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great life saving hub, came back to read again,voted up. Informative and useful.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

I am so glad to know the prep has changed. I hated drinking all that liquie. Your hub is definitely a life-saving hub for those that following your instructions. My grandmother died of colon cancer when I was a baby, but my mother has had no problem at 90. I believe in this preventative procedure also and you explained everything very well.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

My 50 year old daughter just had a colonoscopy just last week. Everything was OK, but I feel better cause she had one done. The prep was always very hard for me to do in the past, but I've had them done.

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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Very informative hub. I am not 50 and have no history. When I turn 50 this is one test I will make sure I have.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I agree Pam, the liquid used to be not so tasty. Times have changed and the prep drinks are not as bad as they once were. That's great to hear about your mom. Wishing her continued good health.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Mary...Good to hear your daughter passed her colonoscopy test! :)


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Lisa...Something for you to look forward to when you turn 50!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Thanks Linda, yes its the drink that I am not looking forward too! lol! mind you its my own fault, the doc said I didn't need one as its only IBS but I insisted, its best to find out myself!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good for you Nell, doctors make mistakes...not sure how he knows that "you don't need one," even though you do have IBS. You'll do great! Keep us posted. Good luck!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is a good article covering the procedures for this important test. Sharing your experience makes it seem a bit more tolerable. Great message for all readers.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This is a timely hub whenever it is posted or read. My father died of colon cancer. He never had a colonoscopy and thought he had hemmorrhoids. Subsequenlty, he had one reversible surgery and the second one he had the bag permanently. Since I am adopted I never worried about colon cancer until I got Celiac. I have had many colonoscopies and many polyps.

Your advice, as always, is the best!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good to know you are keeping up with your procedures, Mary...just like all cancers, colon cancer is just as sneaky, but also very preventable with a screening. Keep up the good work!

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