Breast cancer patients over the age of 70 could be denied potentially lifesaving drugs
Breast Cancer Campaign comments on today’s story that older women over 70 are not being offered some treatments as a decision is being made on their age rather than their fitness or understanding of their breast cancer status.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive said, “All women with breast cancer, of every age, need to be offered the most appropriate treatment options for their type of breast cancer, based on clear evidence and using all the facts available. This decision should take into account an assessment of their general fitness and well-being, rather than making assumptions about how they will respond to treatment because of their age.
“As nearly a third of new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women over 70, with this set to rise due to an ageing population, it’s vital that a consistent standard of care is given to every woman, whatever her age.”
Find our more about the likelihood of developing breast cancer according to age
Watch the NHS Be Clear On Cancer video about breast cancer in women over 70.