Older Women Targeted in New Breast Cancer Campaign


I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Other than a lump, can you name a symptom of breast cancer? A new survey of women over
age 70 — a group at high risk for the disease — revealed that many in this group could
not name any non-lump symptoms of breast cancer. These findings have now sparked a new campaign
in the UK to encourage older women to become more aware of the risks and warning signs
of breast cancer. Among the younger women (ages 40 to 69), 73 percent were able to name
at least one other breast cancer symptom. However, among the women age 70 and older,
fewer than half were able to name another symptom. According to Public Health England,
this group accounts for one third of all breast cancer cases in the UK.Possible symptoms of
breast cancer include changes in breast skin, changes in the shape or size of the breast,
changes in the nipple, nipple discharge, breast pain, and a lump or thickening in the breast
or armpit.

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