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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
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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