With one in three women with breast cancer aged over 70, local GPs are encouraging older women to be breast aware and know the symptoms of breast cancer.
NHS Southampton City CCG, the group run by local doctors and nurses, is supporting the national Be Clear on Cancer breast cancer campaign which is being relaunched by Public Health England today, Thursday 22 February.
Dr Mark Kelsey, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group said “This campaign is targeted at older women as one in three women who get breast cancer are over 70.
Here in Southampton around 55 women aged over 70 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and around 21 women die of the condition per year*.
We are encouraging all women to get to know how their breasts look and feel normally so that it is easier to spot anything unusual. If you do notice any changes, tell your doctor straight away as finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable.”
Symptoms to look out for include:
- A lump or thickening in the breast or armpit
- Changes to the skin of the breast
- Changes in the shape, size or feel of the breast
- Nipple changes
- Nipple discharge
- Pain in the breast
- Any other unusual or persistent changes to the breasts
For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, visit www.nhs.uk/breastcancer70.
* Average number of women in Southampton aged 70 and over diagnosed with breast cancer per year, 2011-2015: 55
Average number of women in Southampton aged 70 and over who died from breast cancer per year, 2011-2015: 21
Data source: Data provided by the National Cancer Registration & Analysis Service (NCRAS), Public Health England. Incidence data: NCRAS Cancer Analysis System. Mortality data: ONS