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If I do NOT have an increased risk for colon cancer (like history of colon cancer in my father) and I have a “normal” colonoscopy, (meaning no precancerous polyps found) should I get a repeat colonoscopy any sooner than ten years?


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Amount Saved: $3081 average cost of a colonoscopy post


MedHead Message:

Colonoscopies are aggressively over-prescribed. If you had a “clean” colonoscopy or non-adenomatous polyps, you don’t need another colonoscopy for ten years, of course, you have a higher risk, such as ulcerative colitis, family history of colon cancer in a parent or sibling, or unexplained abdominal pain and weight loss. Save the money and re-do your bathroom shower, so you don’t have to keep staring at the same mildew spots every morning while getting ready for work!


1. http://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/american-college-surgeons-colorectal-cancer-screening-every-ten-years/ 2. https://health.costhelper.com/colonoscopy.html


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