Cancer is one of the most complex and challenging issues of our day.
It’s now the costliest disease in the world.1
In 2012, 14.1 million adults worldwide were diagnosed with cancer, accounting for 8.2 million deaths.2 That rate is expected to increase by 70% globally in the next two decades in the wake of an aging population.2
We don’t have the professionals needed to tackle this head on.
At the same time, pathologists—the providers of the definitive diagnoses in all cancer cases—saw their workload increase at an average rate of 24.4% (across the U.K., Canada and the U.S.) in the past 5 to 10 years while the total number of pathologists declined.4,5,6,7
The combined burden of these factors has the potential to impact every stakeholder in cancer care, from patients to oncologists to healthcare organizations as a whole. With more cancer cases and fewer pathologists, the beginning of the care cycle—the diagnosis—could face compounding inefficiencies as individual pathologists are forced to evaluate more cases than ever before, creating consequences that may affect patients and their care teams.
Therefore, the right tools are critical.
- American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@internationalaffairs/documents/document/acspc-026203.pdf. Accessed May 8, 2015.
- World Health Organization. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/. Accessed June 5, 2015.
- Newman EA, et al. Cancer. 2006; 107:2346-2351.
- Greenlee, Robert T., et al. Cancer Statistics, 2000. Ca Cancer J Clin 2000; 50:7-33. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figure 2010.
- Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies. 2012 Physician Specialty Data Book.
- Office for National Statistics. Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2012. 19 June 2014. Eurostat. Physicians by medical specialty. Last update 07-25-2014.
- Terence J. Colgan, Laurette Geldenhuys, (2012) The Practice of Pathology in Canada: Decreasing Pathologist Supply and Uncertain Outcomes. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: January 2012, Vol. 136, no. 1, pp. 90-94.