The number of older cancer survivors in the US will rise significantly over the next two decades.
A new study from the National Cancer Institute predicts nearly three-quarters of cancer survivors in the year 2040 will be 65 or older, up from 62-percent this year.
Scientists credit better detection and treatment of the disease for this trend along with an aging population.
These survivors will also be more likely to have additional medical problems which will heavily impact the healthcare system.
The oldest age groups will come to represent the larger proportion of cancer survivors.
Those aged 65-74 will account for 24-percent of all survivors, those 75-84 will account for 31 percent and those over 85 will represent 18 percent.