Jun 03, 2014
By Jane Brown
Is there an age limit for undergoing a colonoscopy? Researchers say it’s not too late to consider the procedure even after age 75, and even if an individual has never had one before.
Scientists at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center used computer modeling to compare the potential effects of different colon checks on 10 million previously unscreened people between the ages of 76 and 90. The researchers found that the most effective choice up to age 83 was a colonoscopy, while a stool test was the better choice for 85 and 86 year olds.
The American Cancer Society recently calculated that over the last decade, new cases of colon cancer dropped significantly among middle-aged and older adults, thanks largely to increasing use of colonoscopies that allow removal of precancerous growths before tumors have time to form.
For more information, check out the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada website here