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Table 1 Patients’ characteristics

From: Ferritin above 100 mcg/L could rule out colon cancer, but not gastric or rectal cancer in patients with involuntary weight loss

Characteristic Patients without cancer Patients with gastrointestinal cancer Patients with other cancers
Age (yr) 67 (22, 94) 70 (55, 82) 66 (44, 93)
Male sex 104 (48%) 12 (54%) 30 (58%)
RDW (%) 14.5 (10.3, 26.7) 14.8 (12.3, 20.4) 15.1 (11.5, 20.8)
Haemoglobin (g/dL) 12.6 (6.14, 17.4) 11.3 (7.9, 15.1) 11.8 (5.42, 17.7)
MCV (fL) 88 (62, 124) 84.5 (64, 98) 88.2 (72, 102)
Serum iron (mcg/dL) 54 (10, 197) 35.5 (10, 118) 35 (4, 162)
Ferritin (mcg/L) 99.5 (3, 2000) 26.5 (10, 500) 226 (15, 1105)
ESR (mm/h) 28 (2, 140) 44.5 (3, 140) 58 (11, 140)
CRP (mg/L) 5 (0.51, 328) 22 (1.6, 125) 46 (1, 550)
ALAT (u/L) 18 (6, 325) 18 (10, 71) 26 (10, 143)
Total number 216 22 52