Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are warning women over 70 in the borough to be more aware of breast cancer symptoms.
Family doctors at the CCG recommend that women see their GP without delay if they have any concerns.
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.
Dr Ian Goodman, chair of Hillingdon CCG, said: “You are never too old to get breast cancer and you won’t always spot it first as a lump.
“So many of the new cases we see as GPs are in women over 70, it’s really important to be clear on the signs of cancer.
“The chances of survival are much higher if cancer is spotted early so we’re asking all women over 70 to make sure they can spot the signs of breast cancer.”
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% will survive for at least five years. This figure is just 13% 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.
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, click here or call Cancer Research UK’s information nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040.