Macmillan Cancer Support says the care of older cancer patients is the "ticking time-bomb" for society. Chief executive Ciaran Devane said:
"These stark predictions should act as a warning to the NHS and social care providers of the problems ahead if older cancer patients are not offered the best treatment and support. We have a moral duty to give people the best chance of beating cancer, regardless of their age.
For cancer survival to improve, older people must be given the right treatment at the correct level of intensity, together with the practical support to enable them to take it up. The barriers to older people getting treatment must be tackled."