I have recently been sent a kit for a bowel cancer test. The previous one
was a bit unpleasant and required several days of samples to be spread onto
The latest is so simple - one test only - a small sort of probe that is put
into a bottle and sent off.
Please don't be deterred.
That sounds marvellous. The one for blind people was awful involving plastic
bags sealable pots and lots of fiddling about in plastic gloves.
The problem with the old one was that we could not see to smear it on the
bits without touching them, but the huge pots we ended up with were
ridiculous, one could not exactly put it into a pillar box, as it had to
have bio hazard stickers and all sorts.
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
"Signs of cancer can appear long before diagnosis, study shows
"Research into genetic mutations suggests possibility of tests that
would detect cancer earlier
"Early signs of cancer can appear years or even decades before
diagnosis, according to the most comprehensive investigation to date of
the genetic mutations that cause healthy cells to turn malignant. [...]"
What's the point in that? "Decades" of worry over a cancer that won't
become malignant in your lifetime.
On Thursday, 6 February 2020 22:48:11 UTC, Max Demian wrote:
My mother's death certificate cited cancer among other issues - but that ha
d been there for at least a decade and, quite possibly, much longer.
When she saw an oncologist, he was extremely reluctant to consider any trea
tment as the risks of treatement greatly exceeded any likely benefit. His o
pinion was she would die long before it became a major issue. And she did.
(Prime cause of death was not the cancer but other issues.)
Knowing allows treatement - if it is both appropriate and available. It als
o allows for things like dietary modification, if that is seen to be helpfu
Knowing when there is unlikely to be any appropriate and available treatmen
t, and there is nothing else tyo be done, has few benefits. Which is why I
am still unsure whether or not to go for testing.
Home testing doesn't cost/risk anything. If they find something and want
you in for colonoscopy etc. the choice is still yours.
Get it done!
My mother hid her stomach issue for years although the bottle of Kaolin
and Morph. might has warned us. By the time she was admitted, her bowel
cancer had spread to her lungs and was deemed inoperable.
Same with my stepdaughter (39). The first obvious signs looked more
like a hernia but was in fact her kidney, already much larger than it
was supposed to be with (by then) other secondary cancer in her lungs
(primary in her bowel).
1:3 chance chemotherapy would kill her and if it didn't what life she
had left (that turned out to be less than a couple of months) would
have been crap.
Sister resisted having a mammogram for a few years and when she did,
they found something (still going though therapy).
Take / do all the tests you can.
Cheers, T i m
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