Stage at diagnosis of cancer varies with the age of the patient

James Goodwin, J. M. Samet, C. R. Key, C. Humble, D. Kutvirt, C. Hunt

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Abstract

The stage of a cancer at diagnosis is multiply determined, theoretically depending on such disparate factors as tumor biology, patient education, and physician behaviors. Data from all Hispanic and non-Hispanic white residents of New Mexico diagnosed with a malignancy from 1969 through 1982 were analyzed to determine the relationship between the age of the patient and the stage of cancer at the time of diagnosis. Three general patterns were apparent. For cancers of the bladder, breast, cervix, ovary, thyroid, and uterus, and for melanoma, there were significant linear trends for the cancers to be diagnosed at more advanced stages in older patients. For cancers of the lung, pancreas, rectum, and stomach, there were significant linear trends for cancers to be diagnosed at an earlier stage in older patients. For cancers of the colon, kidney, liver, and prostate, there were no significant linear trends in stage at diagnosis versus age of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Neoplasms
Kidney Neoplasms
Patient Education
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Hispanic Americans
Rectum
Urinary Bladder Neoplasms
Cervix Uteri
Colonic Neoplasms
Uterus
Prostate
Ovary
Melanoma
Lung Neoplasms
Stomach
Thyroid Gland
Breast Neoplasms
Physicians
Liver

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Goodwin, J., Samet, J. M., Key, C. R., Humble, C., Kutvirt, D., & Hunt, C. (1986). Stage at diagnosis of cancer varies with the age of the patient. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 34(1), 20-26.

Stage at diagnosis of cancer varies with the age of the patient. / Goodwin, James; Samet, J. M.; Key, C. R.; Humble, C.; Kutvirt, D.; Hunt, C.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 34, No. 1, 1986, p. 20-26.

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Goodwin, J, Samet, JM, Key, CR, Humble, C, Kutvirt, D & Hunt, C 1986, 'Stage at diagnosis of cancer varies with the age of the patient', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 20-26.
Goodwin, James ; Samet, J. M. ; Key, C. R. ; Humble, C. ; Kutvirt, D. ; Hunt, C. / Stage at diagnosis of cancer varies with the age of the patient. In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 1986 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 20-26.
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