Hi Shrike. Almost all cancers get more common with age – in fact three quarters of all the cancers diagnosed in the UK each year are in people aged over 60 and and more than a third are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over.
There are some cancers that are more common at younger ages, for example Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is more common in girls aged 15-19 than in women of any age. These cancers are quite rare though.
the older you get, the more likely is that you are going to develop cancer. This is because you have lived long enough to have accumulated mutations in your genes that would lead a normal cell transform into a cancer cell. Around three-quarters (75%) of cases occur in people aged 60 and over, while only 1% occur in children, teenage and young adults
Yes, most cancers are age-related. The longer you live, the more times your cells have divided and so the more likely they are to have picked up mutations (mutations happen when the DNA gets copied during cell division, if the copy isn’t quite exact). And also the older you are, the more likely you are to have been exposed to agents that promote mutations – cigarette smoke, UV light from the sun and so on.