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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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Rise in cancer cases to increase demand in health services

The sharp rise in the number of cancer cases could be the result of a number of causes such as an ageing population, increased incidence of cancer and increasing cancer survival rates:

The aim of this research is to provide long-term projections of cancer prevalence in the UK. 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.

– Professor Henrik Moller, study author

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