Patients with family history of CRC may be able to follow regular screening recommendations

Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer that had a negative screening colonoscopy may be able to wait 10 years for their next exam, according to a study submitted to 2020 Digestive Disease Week, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News reported Jan. 5.

If a patient receives a high-quality baseline colonoscopy, they may be able to wait 10 years for a follow-up exam.

Researchers compared these patients to the general population. For the cohorts, standardized incidence ratios and standardized mortality ratios were nearly identical. However, patients with a low-quality colonoscopy had higher incidence and mortality ratios.

Researchers said their findings contradict the need to repeat screening colonoscopies in patients with a family history of CRC every five years.

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