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Jan 16, 2006

Older Women May Have Poor Outcome With Breast Cancer

Older Women May Have Poor Outcome With Breast Cancer
Breast cancer may have different behavior in older and younger women. A new study has shown that older women are much more likely to die from breast cancer compared to younger women. This study from University of Uppsala in Sweden showed that, those aged 70 to 84 years had up to a 13 percent lower chance of surviving breast cancer than those aged 50 to 69 years.

These findings are the results of 5 year follow up on a larger group of 9,000 women. Differences in diagnosis and treatment, rather than the presence of other illnesses, are sited as the main reason for this disparity in survival rates by the researchers.

They found that breast cancer diagnosis was often made later in older women and, once diagnosed, they were less likely to be fully investigated for their cancer and had less aggressive treatment than younger women, the study said.


Older women had larger tumors at the time of diagnosis and were less likely to have their cancer detected by mammography screening and to have the stage of disease identified. The older women also had fewer lymph nodes examined and had radiotherapy and chemotherapy less often than younger breast cancer patients, the study said.


The study also found that older patients were less likely to be offered breast-conserving surgery, but more likely to receive hormone treatment, such as tamoxifen, even if their tumors did not show signs of hormone sensitivity.

Sherin      



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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

Breast Cancer Blog: Older Women May Have Poor Outcome With Breast Cancer

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