Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Breast Cancer in Women Over 70

1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don't assume you're past it.

A lump isn't the only sign of breast cancer. If you're worried about changes to your breasts, tell your doctor straight away.

Breast cancer survival is lower in women aged over 70 than in younger women. Research shows that older women have low knowledge of non-lump breast cancer symptoms and are more likely to delay presenting to their GP with breast cancer. They might be embarrassed, afraid of treatment, unaware that they are more likely to develop breast cancer or dismissive of symptoms as a sign of ageing.

Around 41,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in England; of these around 13,500 are aged 70 and over. Breast cancer accounts for around 5,400 deaths in women in this age group in England annually.

Possible signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or armpit, nipple changes, changes to the skin of the breast, changes in the shape or size of the breast and pain in the breast or armpit.

Breast Cancer in Dorset

Read a local Dorset resident's story of her experiences of breast cancer care: Pauline's Story.

Useful Information

Breast Cancer Research Campaign

Breast Cancer Care - the breast cancer support charity

Wear It Pink

Cancer Research UK

For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, please visit: www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/breast-cancer.