If one is diagnosed with colon cancer (or often even precancerous-Dysplasia) they remove the large intestine, and Yes the majority live afterwards. Colon cancer is known to spread slowly, compared to a lot of other cancers.
Colonoscopy screenings vary based on risk factors (age, years since initial uc diagnosis). A lot of the literature says our risk factor increases for cancer after 10 years, and regular screening is therefore recommended. Colonoscopies become more regular after the 8-10 year mark, after which they are recommended annually (or sometimes every other year). Certainly how often, and whether it is 10 years exactly are factors that are debated and will vary based on GI practice, insurance, patient willingness, and other such factors.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
M, 35, proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade 5mg per kg, every 8 weeks
Daily 75mg 6MP + Rowasa
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
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