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8/31/2017Hi Lillie. Diagnosed at 49 in December of 2006. Stage 2A. 1.9cm tumor with 1 micrometastasis in sentinal node. Chemo, radiation, and 5years of Tamoxifen/Arimidex. Had a clean colonoscopy at 50 and again at 55. Was told I would have them every 5 years for life because of the link between breast and colon cancer. When I called to schedule this year at age 60 I was told their guidlines have changed and after a doctor looked over my records I don't need my next colonoscopy for another five years at age 65. What guidelines do you follow? Is changing over to a 10 year wait the norm now? I certainly don't mind not going through it this year, but don't want to risk missing anything. Since I was discharged from oncology 5 years ago when I finished Arimidex I don't have any cancer doctors to ask. Thank you for all you do!
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8/31/2017the guidelines have always been 10 years. only if you have had a first degree relative diagnosed with colorectal cancer would you need to do the 5 year cycle or if you have personally had polyps removed on prior colonoscopies. breast cancer is linked with ovarian cancer risk. For those carrying a breast cancer gene, it also is linked with pancreatic cancer, melanoma, male breast cancer, and early age diagnosis of prostate cancer. so enjoy the freedom of now being in the 10 year cycle!

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