Older Breast Cancer Patients often get neglectedResearchers at the University of Manchester have found that older women with breast cancer get a lower level of care and often neglected when compared to younger women.

It was found that older women with breast carcinoma (cancer) were less likely to be diagnosed via triple assessment and needle biopsy than younger women. It was also found that the older women are less likely to undergo breast surgery and receive radiotherapy than their young counterparts. These are some of the possible reasons why mortality is higher in older women with breast cancer.

These findings were presented by Dr Katrina Lavelle, who led the study at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.

Dr. Lavelle remarked that there is a clear difference in perceptions of many clinicians when it comes to the treatment in relation with older women with breast cancer.