Be clear on cancer: breast cancer in women over 70 (sign language version) 

A third of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 70. Finding it early makes it more treatable. If you notice changes in your breasts, tell your doctor.

Be clear on breast cancer

Transcript of Be clear on cancer: breast cancer in women over 70 (sign language version)

One in three women who get breast cancer are over 70,

so don't assume you're past it.

Be Clear on Cancer.

NHS Be Clear on Cancer - breast cancer in women over 70 campaign.

Be Clear on Cancer.

One in three women who get breast cancer are over 70,

so don't assume you're past it.

Let's be clear about breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England,

with around 41,500 women diagnosed each year.

The older you are, the more likely you are to get it.

One in three women who gets breast cancer is aged 70 and over.

If breast cancer is detected early, it is more treatable.

Finding it early could save your life.

Let's be clear about how to spot it.

It is important to get to know how your breasts look and feel normally,

so that you'll find it easier to spot something unusual.

Get into the habit of checking your breasts regularly.

Feel the whole of both breasts and your armpits.

Does anything seem different?

Look at your breasts in the mirror.

Do they appear to have changed at all?

If so, it is worth getting checked out.

Possible signs of breast cancer include:

A lump in your breast or armpit.

Nipple changes.

Changes to the skin of your breast.

Changes in the shape or size of your breast, or

pain in your breast or armpit.

If you have any of the above symptoms, go and see your doctor immediately.

Let's be clear about how important it is to see your doctor.

If you notice any changes in your breasts,

it is important that you contact your doctor straight away.

You're not wasting anyone's time and it's much better to be sure,

if only to put your mind at rest.

Finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable.

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.

Let's be clear about breast cancer screening.

Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are currently invited for screening,

which can detect the condition at an early stage.

The screening programme is gradually extending

to include everyone aged 47-73,

but this hasn't happened everywhere yet.

If you're over 70, you can ask for a free screening every three years.

Just get in touch with your local breast screening unit to make an appointment.

You can find your local unit on NHS Choices at:

breast-screening-services/ locationsearch/325

To help you decide whether or not you want to have breast screening,

you can find out about the process and its benefits and risks at: breastscreen/publications/ia-02.html

Whatever your age, and even if you attend screening,

it's important to keep on checking for changes to your breasts.

If you find anything unusual, notice a possible symptom

or are concerned because you have a family history of breast cancer,

don't wait for your screening appointment.

See your doctor right way to be on the safe side.

You can find your doctor's contact details online at:

Let's be clear about how seeing your doctor early could save your life.

Here is a real-life story.

Joan Brown, aged 81, says:

"For many years I examined my breasts fairly regularly."

"Then, in 2005, I noticed a change in my breast, a small lump,

so I made an appointment to see my doctor."

"He sent me for tests and I was diagnosed with breast cancer."

"I used to work in a hospital,

which I think helped me deal with finding out I had cancer,

and my brother and my friends have been very supportive."

"My treatment included radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy,

and my appointments with the Breast Care Unit will carry on for a while."

"I still do the things I used to do and more."

"I'm very involved in my local community

and I'm also an active supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer."

"I'm glad I didn't leave it any longer before going to my doctor."

Many women over the age of 70

don't realise that they're at risk of breast cancer,

so it's very important if you notice any changes in your breasts

to see your doctor straight away.

Let's be clear about how to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Keeping a healthy body weight is a great way to help reduce your risk of cancer.

Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day,

whether fresh, frozen or tinned.

Cut down on alcohol.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to a number of health problems,

and is linked with breast cancer.

By drinking less, you'll reduce your health risks.

Look after yourself. Keep active.

Swimming or cycling are good ways to stay fit

if you can manage these activities.

Or go dancing, or try yoga. The more you can do, the better.

Even walking to your local shops instead of taking the car can make a difference.

Unclear on anything?

Then please have a look at the following contact details.

If you want to talk in confidence about cancer,

call Cancer Research UK's information nurses on freephone:

0808 800 4040

Or send your question using the first link on the following screen

and a specialist cancer nurse will get back to you via email.

Cancer Research UK specialist cancer nurses: utilities/contact-us/send-a-question/

To find your local breast screening unit or to make an appointment:

breast-screening-services/ locationsearch/325

To find out more about breast screening: breastscreen/publications/ia-02.html

To find out more, including your doctor's contact details:

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