Doximity has released a new study detailing a concerning trend that could potentially impact cancer care in the United States. Doximity researchers examined retirement trends, percentage of state-trained specialists, and prevalence of breast cancer on a city-by-city basis. The report is the first of its kind to uncover the potential shortages of oncologists across the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.
According to the report, the top 10 metropolitan areas most likely to suffer a shortage of oncologists in the coming years are:
The study found that in half of the areas surveyed, over 20% of practicing oncologists are over the age of 65 years. The aging workforce is an important factor in the estimated shortage of 2,200 oncologists by 2025, as projected by ASCO.
“Cancer is the second leading cause of death for American women, and a national shortage of oncologists could impact care, causing delays between diagnosis and treatment. Our study is the first of its kind to examine how this trend could play out in major cities across the country and the various demographic factors contributing to the problem,” said Amit Phull, MD, Vice President of Strategy and Insights at Doximity.
Other findings of the Doximity study include:
“Doximity’s unique data set has helped us garner a better understanding of a serious threat to our health-care system. By taking a closer look at risks to the workforce of cancer specialists at both a national and local level, we’re able to get a clearer view into how this trend will impact local communities across the country,” said Christopher Whaley, PhD, lead author of the report and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
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