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Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:45 am
by SAL
Hi I'm new to this form I had a positive fecal test couple months ago supposed to get a colonoscopy this week I'm showing no signs of anything at all as far as cancer or anything else really so I'm almost thinking about canceling the appointment any opinions?

There is no history of colon cancer in my family and even my specialist said there's a 90% chance and nothing's wrong

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:47 am
by AmyG
Get the colonoscopy.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:51 am
by Beckster
Ditto...get the colonoscopy! It is better to be safe than sorry!

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:55 pm
by muskokamike
I had the fecal test and it came back normal. Within a year I was dx with a tennis ball sized tumour. Dr. said it had been growing for years and he could send 100 colon cancer patients for the fecal test and only 40% would have a positive. Fecal test only detects traces of blood in the stool. Not all tumours have blood.

GET THE SCOPE!!!!

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:36 pm
by hopefulandstrong
Get the scope. Positive Fecal Occult test is how we found mine -- which happens to be fast growing.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:55 pm
by radnyc
No doubt. Get the colonoscopy, you don’t want to be in a bad situation down the line because you didn’t.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:21 pm
by ginabeewell
Up until the morning of my colonoscopy, I had two GIs assuring me it could not be cancer. It was, stage 4. Get the colonoscopy!!

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:39 pm
by annieliz
No question - definitely get the colonoscopy!

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:43 pm
by NHMike
Everyone should get a colonoscopy at 50. I don't know whether you're younger or older but you're going to need to get them sooner or later. The colonoscopy itself isn't bad - it's the preparation that you do at home that's a lot of work.

If it is cancer, then you want to catch it as early as possible. The later the stage, the more difficult and painful and long is the treatment. And, at some point, treatment might not be an option.

Anyone who has had colon or rectal cancer wouldn't wish it on anyone and, will, of course, tell you to get the colonoscopy.

We get them all the time.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:39 am
by erins
SAL wrote:Hi I'm new to this form I had a positive fecal test couple months ago supposed to get a colonoscopy this week I'm showing no signs of anything at all as far as cancer or anything else really so I'm almost thinking about canceling the appointment any opinions?

There is no history of colon cancer in my family and even my specialist said there's a 90% chance and nothing's wrong

I had almost the exact same situation—38 years old, positive FOT, no family history, no risk factors. I don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t eat red meat, I’m slender and physically active.
My GI literally said ‘I don’t think it’s anything serious like cancer’
Between that conversation and the colonoscopy appointment my mom went into the hospital, passed away and was buried. I nearly cancelled my appointment—just too much going on. But then I imagined the ass-kicking my mom would give me if I didn’t go.

I got the scope, and it WAS cancer. I was lucky, I was stage 2a. They caught it early because I kept my appointment.

Get the colonoscopy.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:06 am
by Koreysue
Get the colonoscopy!
Also- the new recommended age for routine colonoscopy now is 45

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:16 am
by boxhill
Going to the bother/expense of having a fecal occult test then ignoring the positive result?

Denial is not just a river in Egypt! :D

Please, have the colonoscopy. MANY people are diagnosed with CRC with no symptoms. Don't take the chance. Wishing all the best for you. :)

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:32 pm
by skb
Please do not cancel the colonoscopy.

The inconvenience of colonoscopy is very minor compared to going through advanced cancer treatment. If there is cancer, detect it early and get rid of it. That is key to survival.

Colonoscopy is not too bad as many think it is. There is some food restrictions and drinking of laxative the previous day to cleanse the colon. That is it. The procedure does not hurt at all. You will be sleeping through all of it. When you wake up, you will have no pain or discomfort.

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:52 pm
by CRguy
SAL wrote:There is no history of colon cancer in my family and even my specialist said there's a 90% chance and nothing's wrong

I had no family history of CRC and the docs initially thought it was a bleeding internal hemorrhoid, so they set up a colonoscopy " just to be safe "
That was in 2007 ... I am a Stage IV CRC survivor since then ...
AND I have been staying safe ever since with regular follow up colonoscopies ( last one Oct 9 this year ! )

SO just to keep the theme going here for you

GET THE COLONOSCOPY :shock: :!: :!: :!:

Best wishes
CRguy

Re: Positive fecal occult test

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:40 am
by Deb m
My husband really had no symptoms of colon cancer. He had a scope only because of a positive fecal test and because he turned 52 and was due anyway. He had a 3.6 cm tumor in his cecum which is the beginning of your large intestine. Ended up having major surgery follow by 6 months/12 hits of folfox. Get the scope no matter what! If they find something, and that's if, hopefully it's a early find and that's a big key to beating this beast!