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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Number of Elderly Cancer Patients Could Double by 2030

"By 2030, there will be twice the number of elderly cancer patients (65 and older) worldwide than there were in 2000, an increase that will pose "huge challenges" to health-care systems, cancer experts warned Monday at a European Cancer Conference meeting.
The global increase in elderly cancer patients will be the result of aging societies, especially in developed nations, and improved diagnosis and treatment, Agence France-Presse reported.
"There are not enough health-care professionals who have skills and knowledge in both cancer and the best care and treatment for the elderly," Kathy Redmond, editor of Cancer World, said at the meeting.
She described the impending upsurge in elderly cancer patient numbers as a "time bomb," and said that not enough is being done to prepare to deal with the increase, AFP reported."
Gary Moller responds:
There are numerous measures that you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer as you get older. Note that I said "risk" and not "prevent". Even the most healthy person may develop cancer; but that should not deter all of us from taking a number of simple and easy measures that are known to reduce risk.

The sad fact of the matter is that the health system in New Zealand is already creaking at the seams and, in some regions, it is haemorrhaging. The future does not look great for the health of our health system and we should not be holding out for a cancer cure. Like the Holy Grail or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the cancer cure remains beyond our desperate grasp.

It is up to each of us to do what we can to look after ourselves and our families to reduce risk and survivability.
These measures center around lifestyle, nutrition, reducing exposure to carcinogens and detection of any cancers as early as possible in their development. Much of what is written on this website about nutrition and health will assist you with reducing risk of developing cancer.

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