I had my second colonoscopy yesterday and 6 colon polyps were found and removed for testing. All were small, between 3mm – 7mm. They took 3 years to develop in my colon as I had my first sigmoidoscopy & colonoscopy 3 years ago, where 3 larger colon polyps were found & removed. One of these polyps was the type that could turn cancerous. If got to wait a few weeks for the test results to come back on these latest polyps but as 6 were found this time I’m sure glad I had that video camera shoved up my ass! It’s helping me avoid bowel cancer, which is one of the most common killer cancers out there. Bowel cancer also claimed my mum’s life back in the 80′s when I was 17.
Seriously, if you have a history of bowel cancer in your family go see your doctor. Don’t let the doctor tell you you’re not eligible till your over 50 – 55 either. I’m talking about the UK NHS here. 3 years ago my doctor said I wasn’t yet eligible (I was 41) but after mentioning my mum died of cancer & complaining of a pain in the bum (didn’t actually have a pain in the bum) the doctor requested a sigmoidoscopy. During the sigmoidoscopy 2 colon polyps were removed and one proved to be the cancerous type. A sigmoidoscopy only checks the straight bit of bowel leading from the rectum. By complaining of a pain in the bum and getting a sigmoidoscopy I got around the UK NHS age requirement for a colonoscopy & due to a on going history of polyps found I’ve ensured I can get a colonoscopy on a regular basis.
Finally, here’s a video to lighten the mood. ” Go Homer!”