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Diverticulitis is the most common clinical complication of diverticular disease, affecting 10-25% of the patients with diverticula. The prevalences of diverticulitis and colon cancer tend to increase with age and are higher in industrialized countries. Consequently, diverticulitis and colon cancer have been reported to have similar epidemiological characteristics. However, the relationship between these diseases remains controversial, as is the performance of routine colonoscopy after andoi:10.3393/ac.2013.29.4.167 pmid:24032118 pmcid:PMC3767867 fatcat:tud3jgfz7fbffiomoqx5asjlym