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Breast cancer set to treble by 2040

16th October 2012

Researchers and charities have warned that the NHS will have to deal with triple the number of women with breast cancer by 2040 as they do today.


According to the results of a study by a team at Kings College London, published in the British Journal of Cancer, 1.68 million women will have breast cancer by 2040.

The predicted figure includes women diagnosed with the disease over the past decade and those being treated for breast cancer in 2040.

The predictions show that 1.2 million women will be aged over 65, which is quadruple the number with the disease at the present time.

Mike Hobday, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: ‘The NHS is not going to be able to cope unless it learns new ways to provide treatment and support for women with breast cancer."

"It’s not a crisis now but it will be unless the NHS learns to provide treatment and support more effectively. The NHS doesn’t provide the support that enables women to cope with the side effects of cancer."

One in eight women will develop breast cancer and it is the most prevalent tupe of cancer in women, with more than 48,400 new cases annually.

Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "We need to change the way we care for older breast cancer patients now, so that we are prepared for such a dramatic increase in numbers.

"Older people must be provided with the right treatment at the right time at the correct level of intensity."


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