Older women should be aware of breast cancer risks

Older women should be aware of breast cancer risks

13th July 2015

A national campaign is launched today, encouraging women aged 70 or over to be aware of possible signs of breast cancer and not delay in getting them checked out.

The Be Clear on Cancer campaign will run throughout the summer, with TV adverts reminding women that breast cancer can be a risk at any age.

Dr Paul Danaher, who is a GP and clinical lead for cancer with Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “One in three women who get breast cancer is aged over 70, so it is very important that women in this age group continue to check their breasts and see their doctor straight away if they notice any changes. Locally, we are urging all our doctors to ask their older female patients whether they check their breasts for changes and to explain the importance of doing so.”

Dr Danaher, who is also the Better Care Together programme lead for cancer across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, added: “We also know that older women are not always aware that a lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer – any changes in the appearance of your breasts should be checked out. Do not think you will be wasting your doctor’s time – it is always better to be safe than sorry and the earlier we can diagnose possible cancer, the better the chances of being able to treat it successfully.”

You can find out more about breast cancer symptoms and how to be breast aware at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Breastcancer/Pages/Breastcancersymptoms.aspx