For how long should I continue having regular Colonoscopy screenings?

I am 86 with a history of many polyps getting removed every three years. I had an uncle die of colorectal cancer and I was advised to tell my children to get their colonoscopies early. I have a pacemaker, low blood pressure, no comorbidities, and am very active. I am caught between two risks – should I continue getting colonoscopies at my age and physical state?

Healthcare Providers (2)

I would suggest a non-invasive test like Cologuard and if that is positive, then consider a colonoscopy.

We continue to recommend colonoscopy for patients with a history of polyps as long as they remain in satisfactory health condition.

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