Cancer and ageing

Comment on the absence of elderly people in cancer agendas. Cancer is a disease of ageing. Who knew?

The language of cancer. A language of exclusion

I’ve recently had to think quite a bit about inequality, old age and cancer care. As a result I have been considering the language we use around cancer.

Missing images in cancer: ageing and the old

Cancer is a disease of ageing. This means that the risk of getting it go up as you get older, all the more so after age 50. This remarkable fact goes unremarked – or at least lacks all conspicuous examples - on most cancer charities’ websites.

Airbrush, whitewash or accident? Older women missing from another breast cancer campaign.

The cancer research charity Breast Cancer Campaign has launched a new... ummm.... campaign. You can see it here. The call to action is ‘email your MP’. Then the MP gets information that raises their awareness of secondary breast cancer, the importance of increasing survival and improving service delivery. It boils down to ‘There’s an election next year.

I mind the gap: old people, cancer, health charities and co-morbidities

I remain very interested in what happens to men and women aged over 75, with and at risk of cancer. I remain very interested in the considerable ambivalence of cancer charities towards what happens to men and women aged 75 and over with and at risk of cancer. 

Older people with cancer - wait for it - in a headline!

On 19 March 2010 the following report was published “Reducing cancer inequality: evidence, progress and making it happen - a report by the National Cancer Equality Initiative”

On page 25 the authors observed “Older people with cancer receive less intensive treatment than younger people. In many cases this may be clinically appropriate. However, there is increasing evidence that under-treatment of older people may occur.

Prostate Cancer: One of the UK's 'biggest man killers'? Really?

Quick! Run after it! The rhetoric's getting away!

I’ve just spotted the following, at the bottom of a job advert in the Guardian, seeking an Information Officer for Prostate Cancer UK.

“We are building Men United, a growing team of men across the UK, to get the message out there about one of the UK’s biggest man killers, to support men affected by it and to raise funds to find more reliable tests and treatments for the future.”

Who's got your back if you are over 75 and have cancer?

I have rather lost track of what is going on with cancer and the elderly in the UK. I’ve no idea how the cancer voluntary sector see elderly people and their place on the cancer agenda. How do they approach it in the policy, information and support, campaigning, research and awareness spheres?

So. Get that train of thought back on the rails.

'Routes to diagnosis' - cancer, emergencies and the elderly. What do the cancer charities think?

This post combines my interest in cancer awareness with my concerns about the absence of the elderly from most cancer charities’ agendas. I suggest two things. That 1) the single issue cancer charity sector should cast a properly self-critical eye on their role in ‘cancer awareness’ and 2) that it is now obvious that there is such a thing as the wrong kind of cancer patient - and that’s an old one.

Insurance, women, cancer and risk. Barclays sells us their solution!

Today’s the day I rush up to Barclays and jab my mighty right forefinger in their corporate rib cage and bellow “Oi! Barclays! No! What are you thinking?”

Apart from ‘ooo….. money’ and ‘cooo….. profit’ that is?

Other random thoughts on boosting cancer charity policy and campaigns to support older people with, or at risk of cancer.

This was originally attached to the previous post, but I've cut it adrift to form a new one. It seems at least semi coherent - which is good enough for me in my patch of blogosphere. There's no disguising it though - it's still a stream of unsought and, I imagine, unappreciated advice to cancer charities.