Aging oncologists could spell a shortage
A new report from Doximity finds that there is a looming shortage of oncologists in the U.S., and that this shortage is likely to hit women especially hard. Here’s more:
- Retiring oncologists: The shortage is partly driven by the number of physicians approaching retirement. Miami, St. Louis, and San Francisco are among the 15 cities with the most oncologists — more than 25% —above retirement age.
- Cities at risk: Miami and New York are among the cities at highest risk of an oncologist shortage, while Houston and Portland, Ore., have the least risk.
- Women at risk: Buffalo, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., which are among the cities at most risk of a shortage, also have a high number of women with breast cancer. Buffalo also has a high proportion of women with lung cancer, which is also the most fatal cancer type.