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.
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