As Cancer in Older People Increases, so Do the Challenges to Help Them Live Longer, Fuller Lives

Mar 4, 2020 11:40 AM ET
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The world’s population is aging more quickly than ever before. By 2050, the number of people over 60 is expected to double. People with cancer are also growing older. Approximately 37% of new cancer cases around the world are diagnosed in people older than 70, and this number is predicted to more than double by 2040. This staggering trend will place a significant burden on individuals, families, communities and healthcare systems worldwide.

Our multiyear When Cancer Grows Old™ initiative is intended to address the challenges of cancer and aging. We are collaborating with the global cancer community of advocates, healthcare providers and policymakers around the world to find solutions and create change so that aging patients with cancer have the best possible chance to grow old.