Older women have a higher risk of dying from breast cancer
Nov 9, 2011
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that older women have a higher risk of dying from breast cancer, as they have not benefited from the advances in the past couple decades.
The death rate has been steadily decreasing over the past 20 years for breast cancer patients aged 20-49, but barely any change has been seen in those who were 75 and older.
"Given the fact that breast cancer is growing rapidly, we really need to focus research exclusively on developing optimal treatments for older women with breast cancer, evaluating how we can predict which older women can tolerate treatments, and develop new treatments that work better," said lead author Dr. Benjamin Smith.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she schedules annual mammograms. If a woman has an extensive family history of the disease, which is known to be a risk factor, they may want to start making these appointments earlier to ensure that if they do develop the disease, it is caught early on.