Experts urge caution with colonoscopy referrals

FOBT is enough for those at average risk of bowel cancer

Too many people are having colonoscopies unnecessarily, putting more needy patients at risk due to delayed diagnosis.

This is the key finding from a new paper by University of Melbourne cancer researchers who argue that colonoscopies should be reserved for patients who have a family history of bowel cancer or symptoms suggestive of the disease.