Women aged 70 plus asked to contact GP if they notice any changes to their breasts

Date: 14 Jul 2015

Category: Campaign

Women aged 70 and above in Bristol are being advised to contact their GP if they notice any changes to their breasts as it could be a sign of breast cancer.

Public Health England is launching a national campaign on July 13 to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women over 70.

Dr Glenda Beard, Cancer Lead for Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, the GP-led body responsible for planning and buying healthcare for the local population, said: “As the risk of breast cancer increases with age, women over 70 are entitled to screening and can arrange an appointment with their GP or local screening unit.

"Also, a lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer – if you notice any changes to your breasts, tell your doctor straight away. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and it’s much better to be sure if only to put your mind at rest.

"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. In 2013, 100 women in Bristol aged 70 and over were diagnosed with the condition.

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