Cancer in older men: A gender-based review

Oscar A. Cepeda, Julie K. Gammack

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Cancer is a common condition of the older male. Risk factors for developing a malignancy include genetic, environmental and life style features. Cancer epidemiology and prognosis differ depending on the age and gender of the population being studied. In the group of men older than 65 years, the most common malignant tumors are prostate, lung, colon and pancreatic cancer. Treatment options vary depending on the stage of the tumor when it is diagnosed, and the decision for therapeutic versus palliative interventions will depend upon the functional status, comorbidity and personal wishes of the patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalAging Male
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Elderly
  • Functional status
  • Life expectancy
  • Malignancy
  • Palliative care


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