I was age 54 before I got a colonoscopy. I got it because my doctor said traces of blood was discovered in a stool test. Since my mother died from colon cancer I was concerned. Fortunately no polyps were found so it must have been from hemorrhoids or possibly an anal fissure. After the procedure was over I really broke the post-exam rules. My brother drove me there because I have no spouse but after it was over I felt really good but hungry, so on the way home me and my brother stopped at McDonalds. We had left from my brother's home so after we returned there I drove myself home without any problems. In Jan. it'll be 10 years so it's time for one again.Colonoscopy is less than 3 weeks away. Getting more and more apprehensive about it. I am hearing horror stories from people that showed no outward symptoms but ended up diagosed with colon or rectal cancer. Now I am showing no symptoms that anything is wrong. I seem healthy but at my last few check-ups my white cell count was a bit high.