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I just turned 70 in April and would like to avoid another colonoscopy.

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I just turned 70 in April and would like to avoid another colonoscopy. Is this a wise choice? No family history and only a few polyps over the years since age 50. My office visit is today and my 5 year test is due soon. He wanted to see me in his office first this time-I hope to put an end to these tests. I've been begging to be put on the 10 year plan, but he refused. Can I wisely be let off the hook?
Nancy Kelbaugh
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.
yes, you can go 10 years between normal colonoscopies if you have not had polyps on your last colonoscopy.
you should talk to your primary care doctor about this
and get yearly stool occult blood testing to check your stools for blood.
if you have blood in your stools, you need a sooner colonoscopy
if your last colonoscopy 5 years ago was normal, you can go 10 years.
after age 75, some organizations say you don't need any more colonoscopies at all if you are asymptomatic.
you can read more here
http://www.choosingwisely.org/patient-resources/colonoscopy/

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