Friday, April 13, 2007

Cancer survival better in middle than in old age


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.

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