Report shows low rate of cancer surgery in middle aged people

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 22 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1872
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

People in their 50s are missing out on cancer surgery, according to the findings of a new report on cancer surgery rates across England.

The report, published last week by the National Cancer Intelligence Network, found that surgical rates fall off steeply with the age of the patient treated.

Its lead author, Michael Peake, clinical lead with the network, said that although the reduction in cancer surgery with age was not “intrinsically surprising,” what was “a cause for concern” was that the drop began in age groups as young as people in their 50s.

“Crucially, it raises questions about the underlying reasons for these variations and, in turn, what can be done …

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