The odds of surviving a cancer in the first year after diagnosis may be twice as good if you are in your fifties than in your sixties or seventies. This is the result of a large survey in fifty-three cancer registries of European countries. This is bad news only for those of the elderly who are bound to die fast anyway.
And now the good news: With every year, the difference declines. Five years after diagnosis, the surviving odds of the middle-aged and the elderly are more or less the same.