My mom, 68yo, excellent health, unremarkable medical history. No family history of colon or intestinal history. Her father died of cancer(not sure what type, wasn't colon though) @ 70, g'mom lived to 90 and died of "old age".
Mom's gyn wants her to have a colonoscopy. She had one five years ago at his advice and everything was fine. She is tremendously afraid of anesthesia as she had a bad experience in the past ("stopped breathing, they had to use that thing on my chest that made me sore" ??? ..still trying to figure out wth she's talking about..lol). Anyhow, she went to the doc that's to do the colonoscopy for a consult. My sister went with her. His reason for her need to have it done, "her age".
My feeling, along with the rest of my family is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". However, there is no way I'm going to tell her not to go and risk having to live with guilt. She's real torn and can't decide. She's a border-line hypochondriac (if I call and say one of the kids are sick, she's sicker...She's always worse off than the next person..
), so I also fear she may have some "problem" resulting from this surgery.
I know nothing about adults. Anyone know anything about this? Is it something that really needs to be done or is this another way for docs to pad their pockets??
Any advice is greatly appreciated!