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Table 1 Summary of guidelines for first routine surveillance colonoscopy among colorectal cancer survivors, 1999-2006.

From: Variation in use of surveillance colonoscopy among colorectal cancer survivors in the United States

Year Recommending agency Timing of first colon exam
1999 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons [3] Colonoscopy or barium enema 1-3 years post-surgery
2000 American Society of Clinical Oncology [2] Colonoscopy in 3-5 years
2003 American Cancer Society [4] Colonoscopy within 1 year post-surgery
2003 U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance [5] Colonoscopy at 3 years post-surgery
2003 National Comprehensive Cancer Network [6] Colonoscopy within 3 years
2004 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons [7] Colonoscopy in 1-3 years
2004 National Comprehensive Cancer Network [25] Colonoscopy within 3 years
2006 National Comprehensive Cancer Network [10] Colonoscopy in 1 year
2006 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy [32] Colonoscopy at 1 year post-surgery
2006 U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance [11] Colonoscopy at 1 year post-surgery
  1. Note: Table does not include recommendations for preoperative colonoscopies or those occurring postoperatively if preoperative colonoscopies are not possible.