The aging population in the United States is increasingly likely to contain those who have survived cancer.
As the American population ages, more older adults will survive cancer and live with other chronic conditions that will burden the health care system, U.S. government health officials report.
“Increasingly, we are seeing the impact of an aging population — fueled by maturing baby boomers — on major diseases, including cancer,” said lead researcher Shirley Bluethmann, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
In 2016, nearly 62 percent of almost 16 million cancer survivors are aged 65 or older, the researchers said. By 2040, an estimated 73 percent of 26 million cancer survivors will be 65 or older.
“This steady and dramatic growth will affect the health care system, and so is sometimes referred to as the ‘silver tsunami,’ ” Bluethmann said. “It not only has implications for older people who are at higher risk for cancer, it also means that we will have higher numbers of older patients with complex health needs.”
In the face of this challenge, health care providers will have to build collaborative care teams — including doctors, nurses and other caregivers — to be able to respond to the needs of this vulnerable population, Bluethmann noted.
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