Cancer cases among pensioners 'set to treble' by 2040

Prostate cancer cells Credit: .

Researchers are warning that the number of pensioners with cancer will treble by 2040.

The study, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that:

  • In three decades' time, 4.1 million over-65s will be living with the disease

  • That compares with 1.3 million in 2010

  • Nearly one in four older people will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2040

The rise in cases could be down to a number of reasons, including an ageing population, increased incidence of cancer and increasing cancer survival rates.

Research was carried out at King's College London Credit: Reuters

Macmillan Cancer Support is warning that the care of older cancer patients is the "ticking time-bomb" for society.