Study Finds Colonscopy Still Beneficial for Elderly Patients

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La Peer Health System gastroenterologist, Dr. Peyton Berookim, comments on the new study from investigators at Spectrum Health.

Dr. Peyton Berookim

Dr. Peyton Berookim

When offering a colonoscopy to an elderly patient, it is vital that the doctor thoroughly examines the patient before hand.

Colonoscopy testing for the elderly (someone over the age of 75) has been a major topic for debate within the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF). In 2008, The USPSTF determined that the risks of screening may outweigh the benefits in people over the age of 76.

However, a recent study from investigators at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, showed colonoscopies have helped doctors detect a high rate of curable cancers in elderly people over the age of 76. The results of these findings suggest that colonoscopy screening should be made available for healthy, elderly people whom have never been tested.

The study found that patients between the ages of 76 and 85 years old who had not previously undergone a colonoscopy had a cancer rate of 9.4%, which was significantly higher than those patients who had a colonoscopy in the past. Furthermore, the study also showed that if caught in the early stages, patients diagnosed with colon cancer underwent a successful surgery.

“When offering a colonoscopy to an elderly patient, it is vital that the doctor thoroughly examines the patient before hand. Once the doctor has a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s health history, then the doctor and patient can decide if a colonoscopy is appropriate,” said Gastroenterologist Dr. Peyton Berookim of La Peer Health System in Beverly Hills.

In addition to Dr. Berookim, all of the surgeons at La Peer Health Systems utilize techniques that are cutting edge and at the peak of medical technology. La Peer prides itself in providing patients with the most advanced surgical options available.

La Peer Health Systems, located in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles county, focuses on excellence in patient care, offering the most advanced treatments and equipment that the medical world has access to. With 42 doctors across 13 departments, from anesthesiology to urology, La Peer offers comprehensive and widespread medical treatments for all patients. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at

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