Cancer rates of people over the age of 65 is due to triple by 2040, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.
A study published in The British Journal of Cancer predicts that rates in cancer diagnoses will increase from 1.3 million in 2010 to 4.1 million in 2040. The sharp rise in cancer prevalence is likely to be due to a number of reasons including the aging population, increasing incidence, and increasing cancer survival.
“The aim of this research is to provide long term projections of cancer prevalence in the UK,” said one of the study authors. “The research shows that large increases can be expected in the oldest age groups in the coming decades and with this an increased demand upon health services.”