Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor) Feb 5 2020
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.
This research highlights the importance of self-perceptions of aging for our health, and remind us of the need to change our attitudes towards older people." Sarah Schroyen, PhD, corresponding author, University of Liège, in Belgium Source:
Wiley Journal reference:
Schroyen, S., et al. (2020) Impact of self‐perception of aging on mortality of older patients in oncology. Cancer Medicine. doi.org/10.1002/cam4.2819 .
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