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Plea for older women to do own regular breast check

By Jane Kirby

Published 23/05/2016

Breast Cancer Care said it was vital women in this age group -who are most at risk of cancer - check their breasts between NHS screenings
Breast Cancer Care said it was vital women in this age group -who are most at risk of cancer - check their breasts between NHS screenings

Women aged 50 to 70 are too reliant on mammograms to spot signs of breast cancer, a charity has warned.

Breast Cancer Care said it was vital women in this age group -who are most at risk of cancer - check their breasts between NHS screenings.

Its survey of 1,012 women aged 50 and over showed that, despite 84% attending regular screening, one in seven (14%) never checked their breasts between appointments.

Most (around 80%) of breast cancer cases occur in women over the age of 50.

Women are invited for routine breast screening every three years from the ages of 50 to 70.

Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said: "Early detection can save lives.

"It's vital women know to keep checking their breasts, even if they're attending regular mammograms, and that they can request screening appointments after the age of 70, as symptoms can occur at any time.

"There's no right or wrong way to check - it's about looking and feeling regularly, so any unusual changes can be spotted quickly."

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