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Cancer in later life

By 2020, there will be two million people aged 65 and over alive following a diagnosis of cancer. The likelihood of getting most types of cancer increases with age, and half of all cancers are diagnosed in people over 70.

Yet despite this, people over 75 are the only group in which death rates from cancer have increased since the 1970s. Almost a third of cancers in the over 70s are only diagnosed when a patient is admitted to hospital as an emergency.