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Have you had your Colonoscopy? March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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Brenda F. Johnson has 25 years experience and works as a RN at Gi Lab.

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As nurses, we understand the importance of health screenings. We check our eyes, do blood work, and get pap smears, but over the years we have added colonoscopy to the list. Getting a colonoscopy can save a person’s life. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the goal is to educate people about colon cancer and eliminate the stigma surrounding colonoscopies. You are reading page 2 of Have you had your Colonoscopy? March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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I've had 4 or 5 colonoscopies without sedation. I have an IV, and sometimes get a  little fentanyl as the scope goes round the bend - usually for the doctor's comfort. The doctor had never done one that way before, but now he has a bunch of patients who elect to do it without sedation.

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Brenda F. Johnson has 25 years experience and works as a RN at Gi Lab.

17 Likes; 5 Followers; 70 Articles; 103,433 Visitors; 244 Posts

On ‎3‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 11:34 PM, Leader25 said:

I don't understand the guidelines,I had mine done all clear,etc,now at five years they want me to have one,and to make it worse they frightened me near death by sending a second reminder by certified letter. I told them why ,I was expecting to do one in 10 years,they said no(secretary) it is five years.Which is it ,from reading sigmoid  is five years,colonoscopy is 10.

Are they just trying to drum up business?.

 

I find that docs have different views on when to bring someone back for a follow up colonoscopy.  Some of the criteria is family history, if they found any polyps, etc.  If you have a screening that shows no disease at all, and no polyps, then it really can be 10 years. I hope this helps.

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Brenda F. Johnson has 25 years experience and works as a RN at Gi Lab.

17 Likes; 5 Followers; 70 Articles; 103,433 Visitors; 244 Posts

22 hours ago, Bandaide said:

I've had 4 or 5 colonoscopies without sedation. I have an IV, and sometimes get a  little fentanyl as the scope goes round the bend - usually for the doctor's comfort. The doctor had never done one that way before, but now he has a bunch of patients who elect to do it without sedation.

That is very brave! 

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