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Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy Timing

07/27/2009

Question:

I had a colonoscopy done when I was 50 and the doctor said I didn`t have to be retested for 10 years. Now my insurance has changed and it would cost $1500 for the test. Can I safely wait until I`m 65 and have medicare pay for it?

Answer:

Ideally it should be done every 10 years but if it would be a financial hardship, I would discuss with your doctor less costly screening methods such as testing for blood in the stool.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University