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Think you’re too old for breast cancer?

05 Mar 2018

Think you’re too old for breast cancer if you’re over 70? Don't assume you're past it.

This is the latest message from Public Health England’s Be Clear on Cancer ‘breast cancer in women over 70’ campaign.

The campaign, which is being backed in Liverpool by NHS Liverpool CCG and Liverpool City Council, will run until the end of March 2018 to help raise awareness of the growing risk of breast cancer to older women.

1 in 3 women who get breast cancers in Liverpool are in women over the age of 70, but many don’t realise that the risk of breast cancer continues to increase as they get older.

Dr Katy Gardner, a specialist Macmillan GP based in Liverpool said:

 “Older women with breast cancer have much poorer survival rates, with research showing that women over 70 are more likely to delay going to see their GP with possible breast cancer symptoms. But finding breast cancer early can lead to more effective treatment - and this is just as true for women over 70 as any other age group.”

Dr Ed Gaynor, a Liverpool GP and Cancer Lead for NHS Liverpool CCG said:

“We want to remind older women in Liverpool that you are never too old to get breast cancer. If you spot any unusual changes in the breast area, you should contact their GP straight away, and encourage others to do the same. Anyone that visits us will not be wasting our time, because as GPs it’s what we’re here for.”  

A breast lump is the most common symptom of breast cancer to look out for, but approximately 30% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have other symptoms.

These include:

  • A new area of thickened tissue in either breast
  • A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Bloodstained discharge from either nipple
  • A lump or swelling in either armpit
  • Dimpling or any rash on the skin on or around your breasts
  • A nipple becoming inverted or sunken into your breast
  • Any other unusual change in the appearance of your breast or nipple

For more information visit: Be Clear on Cancer: breast cancer in women over 70


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