let me say I do suffer from generalized anxiety and I always think the worst when it comes to my health that us why I try to be in time for all of my tests. I was mortified when I realizedrecentkyi was actually due fir my 10 year colonoscopy in 2015 instead of 2106 actually due December 2016. I fortunately don't seem to have symptoms but I have stuck in my mind that because I'm late it's now going to be bad news. I am getting it done next month and some days I worry obsessiveyabout the results. What bothers me the most is if there is bads news it would be my fault for screwing up the date. I love my life so much with my family I couldn't bear to think I caused this. Thank you for listening. I am a healthy 63 year old woman loving life but afraid basically because I'm late. I had a perfect one in December 2005.
I wouldn't lose sleep over this. I was over 5 years overdue for one that had been suggested that I go in every 18 months due to me having Crohn's disease so my cancer risk is several times higher than the average person. I waited ten years to have my next one. They found three polyps and one was large, but none of them were cancerous. Don't worry, just get it done for your peace of mind. If I were healthy I wouldn't even go in for one. There are risks to these tests and it isn't a risk that I like to take, but it is the only way they have of checking the progression of the disease I have. Most likely you will be fine.
There's no particular magic in the dates. If you were given a 10 year period it meant you were seen as very low risk. I missed my10 year test by 5 years so don't worry. Polyps turning into tumours are very slow generally. If you were clear in 2005, it's very unlikely you will have anything serious now. I think the consultants who are doing these tests again and again are usually pretty good at assessing the risk level. So don't worry. My consultant didn't even comment on my being five years late...