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Study: Many elderly get colon screening too often
USA Today

Many older Americans get repeat colon cancer tests they don’t need and Medicare is paying for it, suggests a study that spotlights unnecessary risks to the elderly and a waste of money. Almost half of the Medicare patients in the study had had a colonoscopy less than seven years after getting normal results from an earlier test. The test is recommended just every 10 years, starting at age 50, for people at average risk whose initial test is normal.

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