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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 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 of aging, after adjusting for potential influential factors.

"This research highlights the importance of self-perceptions of aging for our health, and remind us of the need to change our towards older people," said corresponding author Sarah Schroyen, Ph.D., of the University of Liège, in Belgium.

More information: Sarah Schroyen et al, Impact of self‐perception of aging on mortality of older patients in oncology, Cancer Medicine (2020). DOI: 10.1002/cam4.2819

Journal information: Cancer Medicine

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