Improved Survival in a Cohort of Patients Aged 75 Years and Older With Fecal Immunochemical Testing–Detected Colorectal Cancer

Video Author:Caitlin Cahill, M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S.C. • Mark E. Lipson, M.D., M.P.P., F.R.C.S.C. • Arfan R. Afzal, Ph.D. • Anthony R. Maclean, M.D., F.R.C.S.C. • Clarence K. Wong, MD, FRCPC • Sharla Roen, R.N. • W. Donald Buie, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C.

Published on:March 07, 2023

Screen detection of colorectal cancer in patients aged 75 years and older is associated with improved overall survival when controlling for other potential confounders. When compared with their non–screen-detected counterparts, these patients have an earlier stage of disease and are more likely to undergo surgical intervention with improved outcomes, irrespective of age. These data may support screening for appropriately selected patients who would otherwise fall outside of current guidelines.