• How many colonoscopies have you had?

    Asked by StegalMan on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    How many colonoscopies have you had?

    I am having me 5th this week. I am supposed to have them once a year now to watch for development. I was curious about how many anyone has had. I could feasibly have 30 or more if I continue on this path.

    24 Answers from the Community

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    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I am actually having my fourth today. I have melanoma, but I am still very anemic. So my oncologist is looking for signs of internal bleeding. Finished prep now comes the waiting part.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have had 3 so far, with precancerous polyps being removed at each one. Hopefully I won't reach a total like you are saying.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I had what they call anal cancer.

      I have had 2 colonoscopies and will not have a 3rd.

      I have submitted to a less invasive process called a sigmoidoscopy in a hope that, at some point, medicine will figure out how to heal the constantly bleeding radiation scar left by "treatment". I have had 2 of those as well.

      BTW, my insides are always "clean"; no polyps and such.

      Best wishes

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I don't have colon cancer. I have had only 1. Supposed to get another in a few years...

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Good luck, SandiA!! The prep part is the worst

      over 3 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I've had four (or five) since 2000. I had so many because I'd had a lot of rectal bleeding, so my gastroenterologist thought I should have a colonoscopy each time. No polyps found after the first colonoscopy. The bleeding was from internal hemorrhoids. My last colonoscopy was five years ago (I was 65). My doctor said I wouldn't need another until I turned 72. Good luck, StegalMan and SandiA!

      over 3 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      One twenty years ago and don't want anymore.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I've had at least 8...my father died from rectal cancer at age 61, my mother died from colon cancer at age 70...I've had one done every three years since I was 40...(and I get breast cancer, go figure!)... In January I had most of my sigmoid removed due to rampant diverticulitis which put me in Afib for which I need to be cardioverted ... The prep is not fun but catching this early is worth it!

      over 3 years ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I am a Stage IV rectal cancer survivor. My rectum was removed as part of my treatment and my butt is sewn shut and I have a permanent colostomy. I thought, "Well, I won't ever have to have a colonoscopy ever again."

      I was wrong - I had my first colonoscopy (via my stoma) 18 months after my big surgery. The recommendation is to have one every two to three years. I have a check up with my surgeon in July and will see whether I'll have another colonoscopy this year or next.

      Trust me - although the prep is unpleasant, it's only for an afternoon. You do not want to develop cancer and go through what I did. I only wish that my physician had been more vigilant since I had a benign rectal polyp 15 years before being diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer. My team of doctors said that I should have been having colonoscopies every five years.

      over 3 years ago
    • Floridagirl6's Avatar
      Floridagirl6

      I have had 4 since 2016 when I was diagnosed with colon cancer.

      over 3 years ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      I had 1 when i turned 50 they found 1 small polyp turn out nothing said come back in 3 yrs ...marven

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      Just had my 6th. And for the first time, there were no polyps! So, I guess I can't call myself a "PPP" (polyp-producing person) anymore. So this time, it is recommended that I have my next colonoscopy in 3 years rather than in 2. I'm OK with that now. I wouldn't have agreed to before, after having produced polyps every year, but now I'm ok. But I will be on the doorstep at 3 years exactly.

      over 3 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      More than 5, less than 10? I have last track and I am only46!

      I was very happy today that I convinced a lady who was giving cancer rides in My mom's area to go get one done. She was asking me a lot of questions about symptoms and the color of bloody stools, so I think she may be a bit worried about something, rather than it being the casual event she was making it out to be.

      over 3 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      @IKickedIt I am so happy to hear that from you!
      I am supposed to be scheduling one for May but the schedule is so crazy with 3 of us sick, that it is low priority for this moment. I am supposed to get one every 6 months.

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I had to have at least 8 since 1998 .And scheduled to have one this year or next.I started not being able to do the prep and my GI doctor has retired this past year that new exactly what to give me for my prep and colonoscopy(knock me out, there goes what one of yesterdays post by Greg).I need to find one that would do the same.

      over 3 years ago
    • NeverGiveUp's Avatar
      NeverGiveUp

      Hi Steglman,

      Anal/Rectal Cancer... two sigmoids right after end of chemo/radiation treatments (1.5 months apart). Then colonoscopy 6 months and a year out. Then protocol for my diagnosis is to be checked once a year for 7-10 years with colonoscopy every 3rd year and sigmoids in between. I have added HRA (High Resolution Anoscopy) once a year to watch for any anal/rectal dysplasia.

      over 3 years ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Had 37th in March but I've had multiple gi surgeries and lifelong bowel disease requiring annual scopes. With half my colon and other parts gone, I want them to get in there and eyeball it and take biopsies. They found another polyp this time but it's benign so won't need another scope for 2 years.

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      KB2013 I'm completely lost for words.... :(

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Wow, KB2013, that's a bunch. I've had 3 and am on a 5-year plan now after having been on 3 yr. plan. This last time I only had one polyp and it was benign, so they changed my schedule.

      over 3 years ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Pauline, Greg, it's no biggie. Far worse things than that.

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I have had two colonoscopies and one sigmoidoscopy. I am due for a colonoscopy now. I have ulcerative colitis so my doc suggested a colonoscopy every five years. My maternal grandmother had colon cancer that spread and she passed. My mother had colon cancer and had surgery and no chemo or radiation afterwards.

      over 3 years ago
    • KB2013's Avatar
      KB2013

      Bug, sorry you have UC and am wishing you a very good report on your upcoming colonoscopy.

      over 3 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      Four colonoscopies.. I skipped one at age 55. Big mistake!! Cancer showed up one year later because a friend at a health seminar nagged me to get tested. There were no symptoms.

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Thank you, KB2013!

      over 3 years ago

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