With a formal introduction comes a formal welcome to the forum! I'd say it's a good idea to see a gasteroenteroligist, have a colonoscopy or flexible-sigmoidoscopy done. That will enable him/her to access how well your UC is doing visually and through biopsies. At the 8-year mark your colorectal cancer odds (CRC) do start to increase, so he/she will screen for that as part of that process. It's a good idea to remain on some form of the mild, 90% topical mesalamine medication as a maintenance treatment (lialda/asacol/apriso/canasa/rowasa) as it actually helps reduce your CRC odds. Taking a preventative maintenance medication is a good way to reduce the odds of a future flareup.
Some are lucky and do have a mild and well mannered case of UC and you might be one of them. You're outside of the 5-year since diagnosis mark and usually by 5-years UC would have already gotten more severe and spread in extent, if it is going to (statistically speaking, that's the timeframe with the highest odds of that occurring). Certainly, I wouldn't take your UC lightly though as there's no guarantee it will stay mild forever if completely ignored; could get worse and flare badly. Everyone does flare eventually with a UC, it's inevitable.
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John, 39, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, 4.8g generic-Lialda, and rowasaiPoop, uPoop, weAllPoop too urgently and frequently for UC.
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