Don’t think you’re too old
Published on: 12 Aug 2015
WOMEN aged 70 and above in South Gloucestershire are being advised to contact their GP if they notice any changes to their breasts as it could be a sign of breast cancer.
Dr Alison Wint, Cancer Lead for South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Just because you are no longer being called for screening, don’t believe that the risk of breast cancer is over. Also, a lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer – if you notice any changes to your breasts, tell your doctor straight away.
“It may not be anything serious, but it may be a sign of breast cancer, so please don’t delay, let your GP know as soon as possible. We know that if cancer is detected early there is a good chance of treating it – and finding it early could save your life.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 41,200 women diagnosed each year.
The older you are, the more likely you are to get it – one in three women who get breast cancer are aged 70 and over and in South Gloucestershire nearly 200 women are diagnosed with the condition every year.