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Older people are no more likely to refuse cancer treatment than younger patients, survey finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4526 (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4526
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

People aged 65 or over are no more likely to turn down treatment for cancer than younger people, new research by a leading cancer charity has shown.

The survey of 1500 British adults commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support compared the attitudes of older people (aged 65 and over) and younger people (aged 55-64) both with and without cancer.1 It showed that 14% of those aged 65-74 with cancer said that they had opted not to have certain types of treatment, compared with 15% of those aged 55-64 and 12% of those aged 75 or …

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