When should I get my first colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy
I am a 52yo female, and I understand the importance of getting a baseline colonoscopy. I had the fecal occult blood test in August and it came back negative for blood in the stool. I asked my doctor to refer me to the gastroenterolist so I can schedule my first sigmoidoscopy. He refused saying that because there's no blood in my stool, I just need to take the blood test again in August. I believe that you do not have to have blood in the stool to have polyps, and that a baseline test should be given.
What is your opinion?
You should have a baseline colonoscopy at age 50, earlier if you have family history of colorectal cancer. Your doctor is misinformed - demand that test right away. Colonoscopy saves lives! Based on my family history I should have had my baseline colonoscopy by age 40 or earlier. I did not have the test til age 46, by which time I had Stage IIIc cancer. Get the test, it will give you peace of mind and you may save yourself a lot of grief and pain. Good luck. Please post again and let us know how it goes.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.