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I'm hoping someone can help put my mind at rest, I have a colonoscopy tomorrow and I'm terrified. I was fine until yesterday, I've had a colonoscopy before (about twenty years ago) and found it was a little uncomfortable but basically nothing to worry about.
Then I made the mistake of reading the patient information leaflet that came with my appointment. This informed me that the chances of bowel perforation were 1 in 1500, rising to 1 in 200 if a biopsy is taken - these don't seem particularly high odds to me. I'm particularly worried because I had surgery on my colon twenty years ago and also have taken topical steroids for eczema for many years. I think that these two factors may increase the danger of perforation. Right now I'm beside myself with worry and am seriously thinking of not going tomorrow, particularly as I don't really think I have cancer - the doctor just wants to rule it out. I'd be very grateful if anyone could say anything to ease my concerns.
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