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IOM Report: Aging US Population, Rising Costs, and Complexity of Cases Add Up to Crisis in Cancer Care

Mike Mitka, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;310(15):1549-1550. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280537.
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Citing an aging US population, rising costs, and complexity of cases, the authors of a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report said cancer care is in crisis. The report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis,” suggests a framework for confronting the problem by improving the quality of cancer care, stressing patient-centered, evidence-based medicine (http://tinyurl.com/o2c2ptq).

In the United States, about 14 million individuals today are cancer survivors and more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year. Because the majority of cancer diagnoses, cancer deaths, and cancer survivals occur in individuals 65 years and older, the US cancer burden will increase along with the country’s aging population: by 2022, there will be an estimated 18 million cancer survivors and about 2.3 million individuals being newly diagnosed with the disease.

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The face of cancer is changing with the aging US population. Communication between members of a health care team is key for many patients who have other health issues in addition to cancer.

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