An article in 'The Guardian' this week was entitled :
Number of older people living with cancer 'to treble' by 2040
It made the following points, that :
"The care of older cancer patients is the ticking time bomb for society.These stark predictions should act as a warning to the NHS and social care providers of the problems ahead if older cancer patients are not offered the best treatment and support. We have a moral duty to give people the best chance of beating cancer, regardless of their age. For cancer survival to improve, older people must be given the right treatment at the correct level of intensity, together with the practical support to enable them to take it up.The barriers to older people getting treatment must be tackled. If we don't get this right now, many older people will be dying unnecessarily from cancer in the future,"
Old Men of Britain have no fear and sleep easy in you beds, a Government spokesperson at the 'Department of Health' has said:
"It's good news that improvements in cancer treatment mean more people are surviving after cancer. We know more can be done to improve cancer care for older people, which is why we are working with 'Macmillan Cancer Support' and 'Age UK' on a £1m programme to ensure that older people's needs are properly assessed and met. From 1 October 2012, it will be unlawful to discriminate in health and social care on the basis of age. Adults of all ages will benefit from better access to services, and for the first time people will have a legal right to redress from the courts if they are unjustifiably discriminated against because of their age."