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    Polyp found last year - do I need follow-up endoscopy/colonoscopy?

    I'm 38 and as far as I know, do not have a family history of bowel cancer. Last year I had an endoscopy/colonoscopy, one polyp was found and removed. Also, they had difficulty seeing parts of the large intestine. A hiatus hernia was also found. My doctor recommended that I have another endoscopy/colonoscopy in a year, and referred me to a public hospital. However, the referral was refused. I'm not sure why. He wrote another referral to a private clinic but I can't afford to go there (I'm on a very limited budget and can't afford private hospitals generally). How important is it that I have the endoscopy/colonoscopy? Is it normal for the public hospital referral to be refused? If not, is it possible to appeal the decision?
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    Due to the detailed nature of your questions they are quite difficult to answer in an online forum.

    If you'd like to send your questions through to Bowel Cancer Australia's Bowel Care Advisory Services team, one of our friendly Bowel Care Nurses would be very happy to get in contact with you to provide an individual response and advice.

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    We look forward to receiving your questions and to offering you some tailored advice.

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    The team at Bowel Cancer Australia

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