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Br J Cancer. 2015 Apr 28;112(9):1549-53. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.68. Epub 2015 Feb 26.

Who are the cancer survivors? A nationwide study in Denmark, 1943-2010.

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1
1] Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Unit of Survivorship, Strandboulevarden 49, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark [2] Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 2a, DK-1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
2
Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Unit of Survivorship, Strandboulevarden 49, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark.
3
Danish Cancer Society, Documentation and Quality, Strandboulevarden 49, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark.
4
National Research Center for Cancer Rehabilitation, Research Unit of General Practice, University of Southern Denmark, J.B. Winsløws Vej 9, Entrance B, 1st Floor, DK-5000 Odense C, Denmark.
5
King's College London, Section of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health, Bermondsey Wing, 3rd Floor, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT, UK.
6
1] Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Unit of Survivorship, Strandboulevarden 49, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark [2] Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

No nationwide studies on social position and prevalence of comorbidity among cancer survivors exist.

METHODS:

We performed a nationwide prevalence study defining persons diagnosed with cancer 1943-2010 and alive on the census date 1 January 2011 as cancer survivors. Comorbidity was compared by social position with the non-cancer population.

RESULTS:

Cancer survivors composed 4% of the Danish population. Somatic comorbidity was more likely among survivors (OR 1.59, 95% CI 1.57-1.60) and associated with higher age, male sex, short education, and living alone among survivors.

CONCLUSIONS:

Among cancer survivors, comorbidity is common and highly associated with social position.

PMID:
25719832
PMCID:
PMC4453680
DOI:
10.1038/bjc.2015.68
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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