Breast Cancer Many older women do not know the signs of breast cancer - Survey finds

In the survey, fewer than half of the women over 70 who were questioned could name a symptom, apart from a lump even as it was revealed that older women were also more likely to delay going to their doctor.

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A new survey has revealed that many older women are unaware of some of the early warning signs of breast cancer.

In the survey, fewer than half of the women over 70 who were questioned could name a symptom, apart from a lump even as it was revealed that older women were also more likely to delay going to their doctor.

The survey from Public Health England questioned 731 women aged over 40 in England.

The campaign, championed by Public Health England, called Be Clear on Cancer, urged older women to visit their doctor if they notice breast changes, such as a lump or a change to the nipple, skin or the shape of the breast.

According to statistics, 9,500 women die every year from breast cancer and over half of these women (5,400) are aged over 70.

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research's director of early diagnosis stated that the campaign highlights the fact that "breast cancer isn't just about lumps, and that older women are most at risk."

Women aged under 50 and over 70 are not included in the national breast screening programme, but a trial is investigating the merits of extending screening to women aged 47-49 and 71-73.

About 41,000 women in England are diagnosed with breast cancer each year making it the most common cancer in that country.

 

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