Saturday, March 31, 2007

Old women with breast cancer get poor care as compared to young women study finds

Researchers from the University of Manchester found they are less likely to get a range of diagnostic tests and treatments. Writing in the British Journal of Cancer, they say this is likely to lead to higher rates of cancer recurring, and higher death rates. Cancer campaigners said women of all age’s deserved high standards of care (BBC NEWS).

The highest incidence of breast cancer in England occurs in women aged 70 and over. They also have a lower chance of surviving the disease - women aged 70-79 has a 76% chance of surviving for five years after their illness, compared to 80% for all ages. This drops to 61% for women aged 80 or over - a fall, which is not explained by their increase in age.

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