Colon cancer on the rise in young adults | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Am I Too Old for Colon Cancer Screening?
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At 93, is it still necessary to be screened for colorectal cancer?
The current guidelines do not set a maximum age for screening colon cancer. The prevalence of neoplasia (abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth) increases with age, which means there’s a higher incidence of finding cancer in people who are older than 80 years of age.
However, the absolute benefit seen by patients as a result of colon cancer screening may decrease with advancing age as the risk of mortality from other diseases increases. Nevertheless, there is no consensus as to when screening should stop. So at this time, a healthy 93-year-old should still undergo screening for colon cancer.
Factors to consider would be your overall state of health, your family history of colon cancer, the ease or difficulty of your going to the doctor, whether you were already going to the doctor for another reason or if this would be a special visit, and the type of screening test(s) that might be considered (which range from sending a stool sample to check for the presence of blood to sigmoidoscopy or full-scale colonoscopy).
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