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colonoscopies necessary

Hello:
I am 53 yr health white male.  My family history for colorectal cancer is only my paternal grandmother (died of CC at 78).  No other cancer at all on either side of the family except for a paternal uncle with liver cancer caused by end stage alcoholic cirrhosis. Both parents had several (4 or 5) adenomas over their lifetime, but neither had a colonoscopy until after age 60 and my brother had 2 small adenomas at 53.  I had a clean sigmoid and barium enema at 40.  A gasterenteroligist ordered a colonoscopy at 50 and found 1 very small adenoma.  He said wait 3 years and if clean would wait 5 next time.  This year (3 years later) he removed 1 more tiny adenoma, making only 2 and both of which he said very tiny with absolutely no worrisome features.  Here is the question, he now says he want me to have colonoscopies at 18 month intervals for life!.  With my negative family history for actual cancer, only small adenomas, isn't this survellience excessive.  These tests are expensive!
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