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Comment & Response
Health Care Reform
May 2015

Selection of Elderly Patients for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, The University of Texas, Houston
  • 2The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(5):860. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0341

To the Editor We read with interest the retrospective cohort study by Tran et al1 that describes the diagnostic yield of colonoscopy as a surveillance tool in elderly patients with a personal history of colorectal cancer (CRC) or precancerous polyps. The study reported a low incidence of CRC and higher complication rate in the elderly population compared with the reference group.