Scientists have found that those who were able to defeat cancer pathology are at greater risk of accelerated aging than those who did not have such a diagnosis in the anamnesis. This is especially true for the elderly.
The work was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Scientists from the National Cancer Institute (USA) conducted a health analysis with the participation of 1,728 people of both sexes (aged 22 to 100 years), 359 of whom reported that they had cancer and are in remission.
It found that all those who survived cancer had a 1.42 times greater propensity for accelerated aging than the other participants. And in the elderly over 65, the risk was at all 1.61 times higher. In addition, they had lower physical performance indicators.
“Our findings provide additional evidence that cancer and cancer treatments may have adverse effects on aging processes, putting survivors at risk of accelerated aging,” said senior author Lisa Gallikchio, Ph.D. at the National Cancer Institute.
“Understanding which categories of cancer survivors are most at risk and when accelerated deterioration is most likely to begin is important for developing interventions to prevent, mitigate or reverse the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment associated with aging.”