Is a colonoscopy recommended for someone over 85 years old?

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  • The United States Prevention Task Force (USPTF) advises against routine colonoscopies in anyone over the age of 85. People between the ages of 76 to 85 may consider a colonoscopy.

    No one over 85 should be having a colonoscopy, and in this 10-year interval prior to that, you should be making sure that this is an appropriate test for you. I think that these guidelines are important, but we have to really individualize these guidelines as well.
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