What is the rate of identification of colorectal cancer 10 or more years after an initial negative screening colonoscopy?
Rates of colon cancer prevalence 14 years or longer after an initial negative colonoscopy are only slightly increased (1.3 percentage points) over rates occurring at 10 years. Current recommendations for every-10-year screening for colon cancer with colonoscopy can likely be extended. And rescoping within 10 years makes even less sense. Until national guidelines change, maybe we should continue to offer repeat colonoscopy every 10 years but don’t push too hard. 1b
Study design: Cohort (prospective)
Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor of Family Medicine