Risk of venous thrombosis in the elderly attributedto cancer

We investigated whether the increased risk of venous thrombosis (VT) in the elderly could be attributed to cancer.

The risk of venous thrombosis in cancer- and non-cancer subjects were assessed among participants of the Tromsø study (26 094 subjects). Cancer explained 24 % of the VT events in population, but only 18 % of the events in subjects ≥ 70 years.

In contrast, almost 30 % of the VT events among middle-aged subjects (50-69 years) were due to cancer. Our findings suggest that the increased risk of venous thrombosis at higher age is not attributed to higher incidence of cancer among elderly.

The article is published in the European Journal of Epidemiology

References: Blix K, Braekkan SK, le Cessie S, Skjeldestad FE, Cannegieter SC, Hansen JB. The increased risk of

venous thromboembolism by advancing age cannot be attributed to the higher incidence of cancer in the elderly: the Tromso study. European journal of epidemiology. Apr 19 2014

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