Could Cancer Diagnoses Keep Creeping Up?


It’s common knowledge that many cancer diagnoses can be a death sentence, especially if they’re not caught soon enough. Fortunately, though, cancer isn’t the main mortality affecting diagnosis– but could it be soon?

According to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, cancer will be the primary cause of death in the U.S. by 2030.

The report comes on the heels of recent data from 2010, which indicates the current leading cause of death in the U.S. happens to be heart disease, followed by cancer and then chronic lower respiratory disease to round out the top three.

Called “The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014,” this recent report also explains that cancer cases will rise by a sizeable 45 percent by 2030.

On the positive side of things, the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase, too.

Below are three other findings of the report:

– Cancer costs are growing

Cancer costs are expected to balloon to $173 billion annually by 2020, up from $104 billion a year in 2006. This could partly be because of new cancer therapy costs, the report admits.

– Supply may not meet demand

American demand for oncology services will increase by 42 percent or more by 2025, experts estimate. But the supply of oncologists is estimated to grow by just 28 percent by the same year, indicating a severe shortage of oncologists for cancer patients by 2025.

– Oncology practices are growing, but so is financial instability

The report indicates that the median average size of an oncology practice expanded from nine to 15 people between 2012 and 2013. Still, oncology practices indicate that cost pressures were the largest obstacle to offering higher-quality services.


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