Recommendation ID

Age thresholds in cancer:- Longitudinal studies should be carried out to identify and quantify factors in adults that are associated with development of specific cancers at a younger age than the norm. They should be designed to inform age thresholds in clinical guidance. The primary outcome should be likelihood ratios and positive predictive values for cancer occurring in younger age groups.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- It is recognised that several factors, such as deprivation and comorbidity, may lead to development of cancer at a younger age. People with these factors could be disadvantaged by the use of age thresholds for referral for suspected cancer.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Suspected cancer: recognition and referral
Date issued
June 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No