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Call for rethink over older cancer patients

20 December 2012 Last updated at 09:41 GMT

Ageism in the health service means that some older cancer patients are being denied life-saving treatment, according to a leading charity.

Macmillan Cancer Support says decisions should be based on patients' overall physical and mental health, rather than just their age. It believes better care for people over the age of 75 could prevent 40 cancer deaths every day.

Adam Brimelow reports.