Many UK Women Lack Knowledge Of Breast Cancer Symptoms
About 87% of women in the United Kingdom regularly check for lumpsin the breast, but many lack knowledge about the full range of symptomsof breast cancer, according to a survey conducted by the organization Breakthrough Breast Cancer, BBC News reports. The organization surveyed 1,190 women older than age 50 in the United Kingdom.
According to the survey:
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is calling on general practitioners in thecountry to help eliminate the confusion about breast cancer symptomsand increase detection rates, BBC News reports. Thesurvey found that half of women age 70 and older were unaware that theycould continue to receive no-cost breast screening by making their ownappointments through their doctor or local breast screening facility.About 88% of women in the age group reported that since turning 70their doctors or surgeons had not discussed this option with them.
JeremyHughes, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said, "It'sclear that despite breast cancer now being the most common cancer inthe United Kingdom, women remain extremely confused about what theyshould be looking out for, with their focus still very much on feelingfor breast lumps." He added that the group would like to see morepractitioners making patients ages 70 and older "aware that they can,and should, make their own regular breast screening appointments."Hughes said that it is "important to remember that the earlier breastcancer is detected and treated the better the chances of survival" (BBC News, 9/20).
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