Colon cancer killed my great grandfather and great aunt on my dads side. So of course thats a fear for me.
And then the fact that I have no medical insurance limits what I can do. But as my sister says this has been going on for a year and I dont feel ill at all so its likely nothing serious. But if it is cancer catch it and cure it..
I sympathize with your plight about
having no medical insurance. I lived that way for a long time myself.
The fact that you don't feel ill now means nothing. Colon cancer doesn't hurt until it's too late.
It could just be a hemorrhoid or a rectal fissure, so you don't need to panic. But blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer too. This page has info about
colon cancer symptoms:
A colonoscopy would be a good idea if you haven't had one in awhile. The pill camera is expensive from what I understand. Furthermore, if you have cancerous polyps, a colonoscope can be used to remove them without the need for surgery (be sure to ask the doc to confirm that - some won't do polyp removal and will just refer you to another doc). A pill camera cannot be used to remove polyps.
I had no idea what a colonscopy costs in the USA, but I found this web site:
It's outrageous that uninsured patients get charged double (as opposed to insured patients). Sanity would dictate the opposite.
If you wind up needing surgery: if you've got the time and money for an overseas vacation, check out this hospital in Thailand:
I had an emergency bowel resection done there in 2005 for around $10,000, everything included. Five-star service.
Crohn's since 1988
Post Edited (ozonehole) : 3/9/2010 6:50:58 PM (GMT-7)