New three-month colonoscopy waits worry experts

Proposed changes to NHMRC colorectal cancer guidelines that allow three-month waits for colonoscopies have been met with strong criticism from Bowel Cancer Australia.

The nearly 500-page draft guidelines, two years in the making, were posted to the Cancer Council Australia website earlier this year.

Bowel Cancer Australia’s director, Associate Professor Graham Newstead, a colorectal surgeon, said he was particularly worried about the change in the recommended time to colonoscopy for