See AARP Magazine, February/March issue, 2017, p. 24-25.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Screening Tests that Make Sense for Senior Citizens
The risk of complications from colonoscopies might outweigh the potential benefits after the age of 75, unless you have a history of polyps previously treated. Mammograms over the age of 70 and sometimes earlier than that can lead to overtreatment. Thermographies might be better as a preventive test. With no previous history of precancerous lesions, pap smears can be discontinued at age 65. PSA’s have no benefit after the age of 75 and are optional for men before that. Bone density tests are recommended every five years, beginning at age 65 for women and 70 for men. One ultrasound per lifetime to screen for abdominal aneurysm is recommended. I would add CardioRisk tests for arterial plaque, a questionnaire for the risk of falls, and periodic blood tests for vitamin D, CRP sensitive, glucose, Lp(a), and other lipids.