Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control proudly announces a sponsored supplemental, free-to-view, issue of The Gerontologist, focusing on ways to reduce cancer risk during older adulthood.
More than two-thirds of all new cancers are diagnosed in adults aged 60 years and older. The number of new cancer cases are likely to increase as the number of adults living to older ages continues to increase. In 2015, over 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer. By 2030, that number is expected to reach over 2.1 million.
Cancer is usually caused by many factors over time. This means that even later in life, there may be opportunities to prevent or delay the onset of new cancers. Research suggests that more can be done to reduce cancer risk and maintain health as adults enter their 60s, 70s, and beyond.