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GingerMerkin Mon 04-Jan-16 19:13:46

Just received a letter asking me to go for this. It sounds hideous with small risk me 'having a new a******e torn'. My sister thinks it is hysterically funny and says I will be made to touch my toes whilst they do it!

AIBU to want to ignore the letter?

NorthernRosie Mon 04-Jan-16 19:16:06

Very. Bowel cancer screening saves thousands of lives each year, including that of a very good friend of mine.

Yes the scope isn't the most fun thing in the world but it doesn't hurt and the risks are pretty minuscule.

NorthernRosie Mon 04-Jan-16 19:16:41

And I'm not sure why your sister finds it so funny. Pretty childish

Groovee Mon 04-Jan-16 19:17:27

It's an easy test to take, get in that loo and get it done.

Maudofallhopefulness Mon 04-Jan-16 19:17:39

A colonoscopy? Just get it done, ds and DH have both had one, they're not that bad. The rank drink you have to have is the worst bit.

Flamingoblue1 Mon 04-Jan-16 19:17:51

Are you 55plus or have you done an fobt and got a positive result?

GingerMerkin Mon 04-Jan-16 19:19:21

Home enema to be done at first then visit hospital.

Thanks for advice, just sounds so grim.

ToadsforJustice Mon 04-Jan-16 19:19:46

As with all screening - bowel, cervical, breast etc, it's entirely up to you if you wish to take up the offer. Screening is entirely optional and no one can be overdue for any test.

YANBU to ignore the letter. It's not a summons, it's an invitation. The decision is up to you.

GingerMerkin Mon 04-Jan-16 19:19:57

Flamingo, yep am ancient!

Maudofallhopefulness Mon 04-Jan-16 19:20:57

Ds was only 6 when he had it. If he can, you can!

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Mon 04-Jan-16 20:01:04

Yanbu because it's your choice. However yabu to not consider the benefits and risks and make an informed decision.

BMW6 Mon 04-Jan-16 20:14:46

DH is doing it this thursday. He's not relishing the prospect, but hell it's a free test for his own benefit, so a no-brainer.

I'm wondering when I'll get my invitation (am 3 years older than him)

LilacRain Mon 04-Jan-16 20:22:09

Go and get it done. It's not that bad. Accept the morphine and midazolam they offer, you won't remember much afterwards!

ihateminecraft Mon 04-Jan-16 21:19:06

Are you in the UK? I didn't think they routinely offered colonoscopies in the UK unless you are over 60 and had a positive fobt. YABU to ignore, you are very lucky to be offered it!

JessieMcJessie Mon 04-Jan-16 21:42:01

Not as grim as dying of bowel cancer you fool.

notenoughbottle Mon 04-Jan-16 21:45:30

Have it - my dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer just before Xmas - he is only 54. You'd be stupid not to. If he was any older he have been eligible for the screening test, bastard got in there too early.

ScarlettDarling Mon 04-Jan-16 21:47:32

I had one done years ago after I'd had some bleeding when I went to the loo.

I dreaded doing the home enema, but it was easy. The actual procedure was fine too, and really quick.

Oh, and you lie on a bed on your side...no touching toes required! I got my results there and then, no problems , just a small internal haemorrhoid.

FWIW my dad has recently died of bowel cancer. Having watched him suffer over the past few years, I would jump at the chance of any screening test. Is this just a routine test offered to everyone of a certain age where you live? Or have you had worrying symptoms? If you've had any scary symptoms then you really need to go.

catfourfeet Mon 04-Jan-16 21:50:13

I had one , not exactly "fun" but fine. I was fascinated by all the kit.

when I had it do the table I was on was tilted to all sorts of angles to get a good view for the Dr.

At one point I ended up sort of "stood up" on the table and said "oh is like being on an alien space craft, and I have been probed!!"

The Dr had to tell me to stop laughing as she couldn't get a good focus on her screen :-)

Its fine,

apparently I have "masses" of bowel grin , lost of slim women do it seems.

would I do it again if needed, easily, yes

AnUtterIdiot Mon 04-Jan-16 22:03:55

Someone stuck a camera up my nose and down my throat the other day. I was petrified beforehand but it was fine. Felt odd, obviously, but really did not hurt a bit. Bumping into a table that you're trying to get past is miles worse. YANBU to be nervous because a procedure you haven't had is always a bit nerve wracking, but you'll be glad when you've had it done.

KurriKurri Mon 04-Jan-16 22:08:14

I had one a few months ago after the invitation letter.
You get sent a home enema -not hard to administer
You go to the hospital, a nurse talks you through the pricedure.
You change into paper short with a hole at the back.
You get taken into the theatre, the nurse holds your hand and makes reassuring noises, the gastro doctor stick the camera tube up your bum, I have a very twisty bowel so it was bit uncomfortable and they immediately gave me gas and air and I sang a little song and rabbited on about how hot it was in the Bahamas apparently.
It was over in under ten minutes.
You are told the results instantly.
Short period to recover, if you haven;t had any sedation (and generally you won't need it) you can drive home.

It's a piece of piss - do it, the whole procedure is under an hour of your life. Cancer isn't a piece of piss it's fucking horrible, I know because I've had it.

wigglesrock Mon 04-Jan-16 22:13:56

Yes, you would be. My dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer (late 2014), he had the tumour removed and chemotherapy. Today he got positive news from follow up scan and colonoscopy, he'd have a colonoscopy every day of the year if he thought he could prevent the cancer from returning, so would I.

notenoughbottle flowers

MercedesDR Mon 04-Jan-16 22:29:20

There's an old saying, 'one up the bum, no harm done.'

Get it done!

GingerMerkin Mon 04-Jan-16 22:32:21

Thank you everyone, you've made me laugh at the thought of alien probes and liking the thought of some morphine. I don't drive and understand the test will be done at a hospital two and a half hours away on public transport. Am wondering if they would supply transport to get me home if I come over all ill after.

GingerMerkin Mon 04-Jan-16 22:34:11

That is a vulgar expression Mercedes! Made me laugh tho

JessieMcJessie Mon 04-Jan-16 22:36:31

Not sure how a poster with the username GingerMerkin can complain about vulgarity...?

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