Self-perception of aging may affect the prognosis of older patients with cancer

Self-perception of aging—or attitudes toward one’s aging experience—may affect older individuals’ risk of dying early after being diagnosed with cancer, according to results from a study published in Cancer Medicine.

In the study of 140 individuals aged 65 years and older who were diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer and were followed for up to six years, participants with more negative self-perception of aging were 3.62 times more likely to die than those with a more positive self-perception of aging, after adjusting for potential influential factors.

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