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Do You Really Need That Colonoscopy? 


Some older Americans are being screened  too often, others not enough

En español l These days most people have gotten the message about the importance of colorectal cancer screening: After we turn 50, nearly everyone ought to undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years. But say you're 79 and in good health with no family history of colon disease; do you really need another colonoscopy if you got one at 70? Probably not.

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