Frequency of Colonoscopies?

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   Posted 7/26/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
How often does everybody here get colonoscopies, on average? I think my GI said he'd prefer to get them every 3 years or so.
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   Posted 7/26/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Now that I have PSC, I need to get them every 2 years...otherwise my GI was fine with 5 year intervals...however it would increase if there was an increase in symptoms...I had 4 in one year at one point (and in less than 6 months actually)...
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   Posted 7/26/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
After you've had CD for 10 years, the incidence of colon cancer increases. I don't know the percentages or numbers, but my GI explained that to me and said that after 10 years, that's why she does them on patients about once a year. She tries to hold off a little if you're not having any symptoms but insists they must be done at least every 2 years.

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   Posted 7/26/2010 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in 2003 and haven't had one since because I was stable for quite some time - getting one this fall...

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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Just had my yearly scopes yesterday. My GI wants me to have a colonoscopy yearly because of increased cancer risks, it actually says that on my summary sheet w/ the pictures he gave me. I'm more concerned about stomach cancer risks since I also have CD there and there doesn't seem to be much research or info in long term risks.

BTW -- NO active disease found in colon, TI, esophagus, stomach or duodenum!!!!!

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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
No GI has suggested my daughter do yearly colonoscopies. She had a colonoscopy done Spring 2009 (three years since the first one) because a SBFT showed a suspicious area which needed to be checked out visually and biopsied. Turned out to be some ulceration in the TI.
Now, we are considering a colonoscopy to check how well (or not) LDN/diet are working. She has no symptoms, and the CRP has gone down somewhat (from 2.4 to 1.2) since she has been on the strict version of the SCD diet combined with LDN. But we have already learned, based on past experience, that this does not mean remission for her...only a colonoscopy can tell us, for sure.

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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been told to get em every two years GDen

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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had two in 2009 and have not been told how often I need them or when my next one would be. I'm fine with not having one for a long time I HATE the prep. But then again my grandfather had colon cancer so maybe I should look into how often they'll want to be doing them.
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   Posted 7/27/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I remember my GI telling me that colon cancer doesn't become a concern until after about 10 years of active disease.
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   Posted 7/27/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a scope each year b/c I am not stabile. In 09, I had inflammation in the colon via scope, biopsy and CT scan. Had a rough year last year, so they did a CT scan which showed inflammation in Dec. 09, so they decided to do a scope since it showed inflammation. The scope and biopsy were pretty good. Not sure why I am having so much trouble. Had to go on antibiotics recently and it seemed to help a lot with the pain. I am still having a lot of BM's.
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   Posted 7/27/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had one every year for the past three years, but I don't think that's necessarily standard procedure.
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   Posted 7/28/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Last colonoscopy and endoscopy I had were 7 years ago. I don't know why my doctor doesn't do them more often--but, believe me, I'm not going to ask about it!
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