Welcome to our forum and kudos to you for getting checked out and getting the scope done. Too many people want to hide their heads in the sand and avoid getting a scope at all costs.
While yes, it is not 'normal' for someone so young to be having polyps, be happy knowing that you got them removed before they could possibly turn cancerous.
The radiation isn't to blame....your body just is a good 'host' for developing polyps. In addition, just because you've never heard of other family members who have had polyps doesn't mean that some of your relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) haven't had a scope that showed polyps and then had them removed. Too often, doctors only worry about family members that actually have CANCER and forget about the family history of polyps. Have you actually asked each and every family member if a scope ever showed a benign polyp? In addition, know that approximately 75% of patients that are eventually diagnosed with colorectal cancer have NO family history....in other words, it's just bad luck!
Had any of your polyps been anything other than benign, the report would have stated it...so rest assured that there were no cancer cells detected and the pathologists would have done a very thorough job when they examined them. To answer your question about follow up time, yes....three years is considered perfectly normal for someone who had BENIGN polyps that were removed. You will likely find that because you have a history of polyps (even if you never have another one) that you will probably never go more than FIVE years between scopes. If, however, your next scope reveals one or more benign polyps, you will likely stay on a THREE year surveillance plan.
Just be vigilant and report any unusual symptoms to your doctor. You may find that your body never grows another polyp or you may find that on subsequent scopes your doctor will find more. One thing to consider is to get an appointment with your GP and have your Vitamin D level checked. There is a very real correlation between low vitamin D levels and polyp growth. Although 'normal' levels are anywhere between 20 - 60, most doctors who are aware of the connection (make it known to your GP that 3 polyps were found) want to see their patients have a level in the mid 40's at the very least. PLEASE don't just go out and start mega dosing on Vitamin D (yes, it's readily available and inexpensive) without having your level tested first. Taking too much vitamin D that isn't necessary can have some serious consequences on one's kidneys. Find out your level and start taking supplements under the care of your doctor. It may take some time and tweaking to get your level up to an optimal level so just be patient.
Take a breath....you did the right thing....and as you said, you are lucky that you caught this early. Try to stop stressing about it and enjoy the life you have with your family. You did the right thing....now just be proactive about your health.
PS....consider this as well. Your doctor may very well not want to perform another scope in less than three years AND it is likely that your insurance would not approve it sooner than that (without any other symptoms being present).
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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