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When or how often should I have a colonoscopy?

I am 80 and have had regular colonoscopies that were clear. My doctor has indicated I would probably not require further testing, however my older sister developed colon cancer after the age of 80. I am concerned I should continue routine testing. Advice?

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In general that is good advice. If you have had routine screening up until now that has been negative most societies dont recommend for continuing routine cancer screening with colonoscopy as your risk of developing a cancer at this age after so many negative evals is very low.

My recommendation is that if you are a healthy 80 year old and your life expectancy is at least 10 years than a colonoscopy may be beneficial. If you have multiple medical problems, I would agree that you should weigh the benefits versus the risks of a colonoscopy.

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