well I have been following the stories in these forums for a while now (much better than playing Dr Google...) and I thought maybe someone would know a bit more about Sessile Serrated Polyps so I decided to make an account. I am a 27 year old female without any other health concerns, I'm quite thin, I have never smoked, I hardly drink, I exercise, eat quite well and have regular 'normal' bowel movements. Wow that's something I didn't think I'd ever be talking about...
Anyway, my father died from Colon Cancer when he was only 45. Again, he was thin, never smoked, didn't drink excessively and was otherwise completely healthy but was diagnosed and dead within 9 months. As a result, although I didn't really have any symptoms, my GP recommended that I have a colonoscopy even though I am a lot younger than the recommended age to start screening. I finally had one a couple of weeks ago and it was just nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. But when I woke up, the Dr came and told me they had found 6 polyps. He said they looked benign and he was fairly confident he'd removed them all anyway but he was sending them to be biopsied. I got the results the other day. Flat and sessile polyps were removed from the caecum, the hepatic flexure, the sigmoid colon and the rectum (so basically everywhere it seems). 5 were hyperplastic which he was happy about but there was one 5mm polyp in my Caecum that was found to be a Sessile Serrated Polyp. There was no dysplasia or evidence of malignancy but he's quite worried, especially considering my age and has told me I will need to have annual colonoscopies from now on.
I can't help it, I'm petrified and I just keep remembering everything that happened with Dad back when I was 15. From googling this type of polyp (which I know I shouldn't have) I've found lots of sources that seem to say my risk of developing cancer even with frequent colonoscopies is 80-100% (especially considering my family history). In addition, it also appears this type of polyp is caused by a genetic issue - the DNA repair gene being disfunctional and as a result, I would be vulnerable to all sorts of cancers.
I am really hoping that someone on these forums has had some experience with these types of polyps. I don't know what to do with myself at the moment, I don't know how to just go back to living carefree and not feeling like I only have a few years left to live and that I'm just waiting for whatever cancer I get first to be diagnosed. Probably also doesn't help that I had a friend diagnosed with breast cancer (also 27) earlier this year who just passed away 2 weekends ago.