The latest guidelines (Gut: Rutter MD, East J, Rees CJ, et al. Gut 2020;69:201–223.) published this year have suggested that regular colonoscopy stop around 75 years of age because of the following reasons:
1. Once the bowel has been cleared of polyps they are very unlikely to benefit from further surveillance colonoscopy as even if a new polyp occurs, it usually takes at least ten years for it to grow from a small polyp into a high-risk polyp or cancer;
2. Although colonoscopy is usually safe, the risk of a complication of the test itself (e.g. bleeding) or an associated event (e.g. stroke, heart or kidney problem) occurring after a colonoscopy increases significantly in patients over the age of 75;
Therefore it would be good to discuss the associated risks and potential benefits of having a further colonoscopy with each patient once they have reached 75 years rather than offer the test to everyone.
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