Every year around 130,000 people aged 75 and over in the UK get cancer. By 2035 this is projected to rise to around 234,000, largely due to an ageing population.
Despite cancer survival doubling over the last 40 years, it’s still lower among older people, who are more likely to be diagnosed in an emergency and less likely to get many types of treatment.
This combination of facts highlights the urgent need for older patients, who are more likely to have multiple health conditions or need help from social care, to be given better support.
In its report Advancing Care, Advancing Years: Improving cancer treatment and care for an ageing population published today (Thursday 21 June), Cancer Research UK is calling on the health service to act now, to make sure they are prepared for the rising numbers of older patients with more complex needss