Older Women Warned Over Breast Cancer in Dorset
7:43am 6th February 2014
The NHS in Dorset's reinforcing the national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign by reminding women aged over 70 in the county of the high chance of them contracting the disease at their age.
Stats released by Public Health England say more than 1 in 3 women of that age are diagnosed within that age bracket.
Over 70's also account for almost two thirds of breast cancer deaths in the area.
41% of women in the Wessex region wrongly think women of all ages are equally likely to get breast cancer, when, in fact, a woman's risk of cancer increases with age.
Health bosses say the earlier the diagnosis, the higher the chance of survival.
Possible signs of breast cancer include a lump in your breast or armpit, nipple changes, changes to skin or breast, changes in the shape or size of breast or pain in your breast or armpit.
Mary O'Brien, Consultant in Healthcare says women oer 70 years of age have low awareness of breast cancer symptoms other than a lump. They're also more likely to delay presenting to their GP with breast cancer.
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