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When to recommence iFOBT following colonoscopy


Gold Coast Health have received a number of enquiries from general practitioners regarding the timeframe for their patients to wait before recommencing Immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood Tests (iFOBT) following a successful colonoscopy.

According to the current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Guidelines, “individuals who have had a high-quality colonoscopy performed within the previous two years should allow another two years to elapse (i.e. skip a round) before participating in their next round of iFOBT screening. Colorectal cancer will rarely be present within that interval.”

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) participants to have undergone a successful assessment colonoscopy through the program, will automatically skip one biennial screening round after their procedure. Patients eligible for the NBCSP but who have recently had a colonoscopy outside of the program can temporarily suspend participation.
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