Do I need another Colonoscopy at the age of 84 if I feel healthy?

I’ve had 3 colonoscopies over the last 14 years (spaced every 4-5) and 2-3 polyps were detected and removed each time. My G.I. team recommends another now. I am 84 and take high blood pressure and high cholesterol medication. I feel good, look younger and I think I am in good health, exercising at the gym. Should I have another Colonoscopy? Why?

Healthcare Providers (4)

Since you are in good health and had polyps in the past, doing another one will remove any polyps which have a risk of growing into colon cancer.

It depends if you had had polyps before and if you have family history of colon cancer. If no polyps and no family history of colon cancer, you don’t need one.

The current recommendations for patients aged 75-85 is to continue screening on a case-by-case basis. If patients are otherwise healthy and the life expectancy is greater than 10 years, then we usually can continue screening.

Yes, if you have a history of polyps you should continue to do these every 5 years.

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