Is colonoscopy as safe and effective a screening tool in the elderly as in the general adult population?
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Colonoscopy is an effective tool for colorectal cancer screening in adults aged >65 years, and complication rates are similar to those for people <65. In the very elderly (≥80), the potential benefits of cancer screening may be less than for patients <80. (SOR B, based on cohort studies.)
Evidence Based Practice 12(1): 07.