I'm usually on the Diabetes or Ostomy forums, but saw this topic and came in to say Hello and to stress the importance of regular colonoscopies.
In November 2004, my colonoscopy/biopsy showed a highly dysplasic anal ulcer. The surgeon was able to excise it by expanding the anus; bm's were normal and pain free within a couple of weeks.
To avoid my insurance deductible, I put off the annual followup colonoscopy till January 2006. In those 14 months I had developed rectal cancer on the anal verge. After APR surgery in February, I now have a permanent colostomy and a "Barbie butt" (anus/rectum removed and neat scar line).
Upside of this is that because of early detection the cancer was contained and had not invaded lymph... Stage I... no chemo/rad required... surviellance only. I am Truly Blessed!
Regular colonoscopies are a MUST. Get one yourself and encourage your family and friends to have them, too. It's not a difficult procedure; I've always been given a "twilight" sedative, and even the prep doesn't have to be awful .. if you ask, they'll give you pills or the 4 oz instead of the gallon!
Post Edited (wmnak) : 11/12/2006 11:32:21 AM (GMT-7)