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Colonoscopy Questions Answered

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Gottumukkala S. Raju, M.D., professor in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at MD Anderson, set aside time to address some misconceptions and answer questions about colonoscopy screening. He reviewed a number of questions from MD Anderson's Facebook fans and recorded six video responses.

The questions

Lynda Ebanks Harrison said, "I know intellectually the why of how important this is, but how do you help the patient not have the "I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than let someone do that to me" kind of fear? And what about the new non-invasive procedure that was recently announced -- is that widely available and comparably priced?"




Each March, we are inundated with messages about how important colonoscopy screening is to preventing colon cancer. According to MD Anderson's colon cancer screening guidelines, if you are over age 50 and have average risk factors, you should get a colonoscopy every 10 years.

We know that people who are diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease have a 93% survival rate, compared to a 6% survival rate for those diagnosed in late stages. Yet, so many people put off a colonoscopy because of fears associated with the required preparation and perceived discomfort associated with the exam.

Gottumukkala S. Raju, M.D., professor in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at MD Anderson, set aside time to address some misconceptions and answer questions about colonoscopy screening. He reviewed a number of questions from MD Anderson's Facebook fans and recorded six video responses.

The questions

Lynda Ebanks Harrison said, "I know intellectually the why of how important this is, but how do you help the patient not have the "I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than let someone do that to me" kind of fear? And what about the new non-invasive procedure that was recently announced -- is that widely available and comparably priced?"




Ann Kay Mortimer-Chandler asked, "If you have ulcerative colitis for more than 10 years, how often should you get a colonoscopy?"




Sally McGee wanted to know, "How is family history defined? In other words, if my grandfather died from colon cancer, would that be considered a family history of colon cancer and affect the recommended screening schedule?"




Paula Long had two colonoscopies -- the first at age 55 and then again at 60. "I am due for another at age 70. When do I get to stop?"




Valerie Goldstein asked, "Are there any alternatives to that horrible stuff you have to drink in preparation for the colonoscopy?"




Ruth Szymanski said, "I always have polyps removed and they are benign. How often do I need to repeat the procedure? I am currently having one every three years. Is that often enough? And as asked above, what are the alternative ways to prepare for it? I have heard that there are now pills?"



On Thursday, March 24, we will post another invitation for questions on the MD Anderson Facebook page and post responses here from Raju.

1 Comment

Dr. Raju:

Thanks for answering my question about the preparation! That was very helpful. I will definitely look into a split dose the next time I do a colonoscopy.

Valerie Goldstein

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