Friday, September 19, 2003

Age-old ignorance on breast cancer

Further to earlier discussion on this site about how strongly cancer is associated with age, the charity Breast Cancer Care have revealed the results of a survey which show that three-quarters of women over 50 do not realise that breast cancer becomes more common with age. In fact, 80 percent of breast cancer occurs after the age of 50.

But why would people assume that breast cancer is linked to age? No-one talks about age in relation to cancer. They would much rather talk about 'preventable' behaviours than about the fact that in many respects, cancer is indicative of bodily breakdown.

BBC NEWS | Health | Breast cancer ignorance revealed


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