Ok, so I thought I read that Cs should be given yearly after you have had UC for more than 7 years or something like that. Well, I was watching Oprah(ok..shoot me sometimes I like the show!) and they said it takes 10+ years for colon cancer to form and that polyps in the colon form and if detected within those 10 years and removed no cancer will form. My question is this..does UC cause the polyps to turn cancerous more rapidly? If not, why do we have to have Cs so frequently?? I of course don't want colon cancer, but with this info it seems like once every 5 years would be ok. I know I need to talk to my GI about
this, but wanted to hear what everyone else has heard on this subject. I am going in for my first C within the next 3 months. I've had 3 sigmoidoscopies before, but never a full C. I just think anytime you get put under anithestic there is a risk and to do it every year seems like a lot! I have an 18 month old, so I think about
things like never waking up now! I of course know colon cancer is MUCH worse, but still...
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003. Have had stomach issues since 1989. Unknown if they are related or not. Have mild/moderate UC. Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding. Currently back in remission! Only taking 6 Asacol a day. Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me. Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!