Is a colonoscopy recommended for someone over 85 years old?

You should have a colonscopy, even after the age of 85, according to Eric Changchien, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Riverside Community Hospital. In this video, he says that being healthy at this age includes this screening test.
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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