Delaying surveillance colonoscopy 'safe with negative FIT'

The findings should be reassuring in the wake of reduced endoscopy capacity because of the pandemic, researchers say

The interval for surveillance colonoscopy can be safely extended beyond six months in most patients, if they have a negative faecal immunochemical test and no prior advanced adenomas, a study suggests.

The findings not only provide reassurance to those affected by pandemic-related delays in procedures but also support the use of the screening tool to personalise surveillance, cancer researchers say.

Using retrospective data from 2200 asymptomatic patients (mean age 63) at