Cancer death rates decreasing
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 1:14 pm
The senior population is one of the fastest-growing demographics, thus making it a very influential one. There are currently about 500 million people age 65 or older around the world. And many seniors are living longer than ever before.
Statistics project that there will be 580,605 centenarians in the United States in 2040. Also, by 2050, seniors will make up 21 percent of the population. While there is no singular reason for seniors living longer, advancements in medicine no doubt have played a major role in the average life expectancy increasing over the last several years.
According to a study from the American Cancer Society released in 2010, age-standardized cancer death rates have been decreasing since the early 1990s, a welcome development the study’s author feels is a direct result of reductions in tobacco use, increased cancer screening that help detect cancer earlier and improvements in treatment for specific cancers.