Colonoscopies carry risks for older colon cancer survivors, study says

August 12, 2014 4:10 PM

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Colonoscopies carry risks for older colon cancer survivors, study says

After age 75, recurrences of colon cancer are rare and the risks of repeated colonoscopies may outweigh the benefits, according to new research.

“Our study was different in that we specifically examined patients that were undergoing surveillance examinations because of a previous history of colonic polyps or cancer,” said lead author Dr. An Hong Tran of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in California.

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