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The elderly and Native Americans are underrepresented in clinical trials

Doubts are being cast on the value of clinical trials after it was noted that the elderly population were underrepresented in them. Only 36% of the study population included over 65 year olds yet this age group represents 60% of the cancer patients in the US. Only 9% of the study population included over 75 year olds and they represented 31% of the cancer population. This would make the results of clinical trials les applicable to the majority of cancer patients. There has also been a push to have Native Americans more involved in clinical trials as they tend to be diagnosed with more advanced stages of cancer.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by American Society of Clinical Oncology

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About: The elderly and Native Americans are underrepresented in clinical trials

Date: November 2004

Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology

Author: Danielle Potuto


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