20 November 2018

Discussing breast awareness and screening for women over 70 in the UK, Dr Emma Pennery, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“We regularly hear from women on our Helpline who have been left in the dark about routine mammograms continuing past 70, when invitations to attend stop, as they think they are no longer at risk of breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer risk increases with age and older women can request to continue routine screening up to any age.

“Screening remains our best tool for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage so it’s crucial that every woman eligible has all the information to make an empowered decision about whether to attend.

“Routine breast screening only takes place every three years so it’s important that women know how to spot all the signs and symptoms of breast cancer – not just a lump – as they can occur at any time. Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care’s Helpline on 0808 800 6000 or visit breastcancercare.org.uk”

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For further information, please contact:

Ella Rogers, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

ella.rogers@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

We offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

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