The number of Americans diagnosed annually with cancer will double over the next 50 years, to 2.6 million from 1.3 million, according to a study by government and private researchers. The expected boom reflects a population that will be larger and live longer--rather than suggesting that cancer itself will become more virulent. According to the study, which will appear tomorrow in the journal Cancer, the nation’s population of cancer patients will be older as well as larger. By 2050, more than 1.1 million people 75 and older will be diagnosed each year, up from about 400,000 today, the researchers projected based on census reports. The increase in older cancer patients will require more cancer specialists who can treat them.
Study: Number of cancer cases to double by 2050
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