Be clear on breast cancer in women aged 70 and over

Women aged 70 or over should be more aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and see their GP without delay if they have any concerns say Clinical Commissioning Groups within North West London.

Research from Public Health England shows that, when asked to name symptoms of breast cancer, only half of women over 70 (48%) could name a symptom aside from a lump.

One in three women who develop breast cancer are over 70, and catching the disease early is vital. If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage in women aged 70 and over, 93 per cent will survive for at least five years. This figure is just 13 per cent at the most advanced stage of the disease.

A lump is not the only sign of breast cancer, so you should tell your doctor immediately if you notice any changes to your breasts. A trip to your doctor’s surgery could save your life. And if a friend or relative says they have any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor. 

How to spot breast cancer

Possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • Change to the skin of your breast
  • Changes in the shape or size of your breast
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in your breast
  • Any other unusual or persistent changes to your breast


If you have any of these symptoms, your doctor will want to see you.


For more information, including spotting the signs of breast cancer and reducing your risk, please visit: or call Cancer Research UK’s information nurses on Freephone 0808 800 4040.

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