Cancer and ageism

  title={Cancer and ageism},
  author={Ulrich Wedding and Reinhard Stauder},
The number of cancer cases being diagnosed is increasing. The single most important risk factor for the development of cancer is ageing. Improvements in cancer care over recent decades are substantial, however improvements in five year survival rates are less pronounced in elderly patients [1]. Do the association of cancer and ageing and the care for elderly cancer patients receive the attention they deserve?