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Cancer in pensioners 'to treble'

Researchers are warning that the number of pensioners with cancer will treble by 2040. A study funded by Macmillan Cancer Support shows in three decades' time, 4.1 million over-65s will be living with the disease, compared with 1.3 million in 2010.

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Older people 'should be more aggressive' about their healthcare

Professor Karol Sikora, medical director of Cancer Partners UK says today's report by Macmillan Cancer support should be a wake-up call.

He said in most Western countries older people are less likely to receive treatment for many forms of cancer, and they tend to accept what they are offered, instead of demanding more choice, and better care.

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