Campaigners warn dementia is set to be ‘the 21st century’s biggest killer’
THE number of Brits with dementia will soar to 1.2 million in the next two decades, experts warn.
By 2040, the total affected by the incurable condition in England will have shot up by nearly 60 per cent.
Campaigners warn dementia is set to be “the 21st century’s biggest killer”.
Scientists say new cases are actually falling.
But an ageing population means those living with it will carry on rising for at least the next 20 years.
A team of scientists, led by University College London and Liverpool University, used data on 18,000 British adults to make the forecast.
They studied trends on ageing and dementia from 2002 onwards.
The results, in the BMJ, show newly-diagnosed cases actually dropping at more than two per cent a year.
But increased life expectancy means those who are affected will live longer with the disease.
Currently, there are around 800,000 Brits with dementia and it already costs the UK economy around £23 billion a year.
And researchers warn that bill could soar.