Gout & Colonoscopy: How are these related?

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   Posted 2/11/2012 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband was telling me his co-worker friend was off work yesterday to take her husband for a colonoscopy. According to him, co-worker said her husband had to have this because he had been previously diagnosed with gout... I can't make any sense of this. My husband admits it is possible he got the conversation wrong (he is very prone to doing this) but before I tell him he is out of his tree, I thought I'd see if anyone here (colonoscopy experts that we are) has heard of any relation. What I know of gout is that it is related to the urinary system and kidneys, rather than the digestive system.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Copied from the European Journal of Cancer Prevention:

The incidence of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx, colon, liver and biliary tract, pancreas, lung, skin (melanoma and nonmelanoma), endometrium and kidney, as well as of malignant melanoma was increased among gout patients.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah... so it's to check for colon cancer. Okay then maybe it does make sense after all. Thanks!
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   Posted 2/11/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Firstly, is it gout? Secondly..what other symptoms does the person have gastro-wise?
Thirdly...how old is the person?

I can't see initially how someone with gout would be quickly zoomed for a c-scope without other symptoms to direct the GI to suspect something else is going on.

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Well now I am wondering because after I emailed my husband (he is working today) with what ItsAlwaysSomething posted, he replied to wonder why our other friend who has gout has never had a c-scope.

It was mere curiosity on my part, so I don't think we'll ask this co-worker any further questions about it.

Oh, just had a thought - what if there was family history of colon cancer? Anyway. We'll likely never know.
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   Posted 2/11/2012 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dad has gout and has had one colonoscopy and he is due for one probably this year but I think he is getting them because they are routine for his age.
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