Azara Blog: Apparently older women are not aware that breast cancer risk increases with age

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Date published: 2007/09/21

The BBC says:

Most British women are unaware that breast cancer risk increases with age, a poll suggests.

A survey of 1,000 people by charity Breast Cancer Care found nearly six out of 10 women did not know getting older was a strong risk factor.

More than 44,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and 80% of all cases occur in over-50s.

Experts said many young women can worry unnecessarily while older women do not realise they are at risk.

The poll found that 58% did not know that the older they get, the higher their risk of breast cancer.

Not surprisingly, most people in life do not carry detailed knowledge about the exact risk factors of every disease on the face of the planet. (Although it is fairly reasonable to assume that the older you get the more susceptible you are to just about every disease.) Only a small fraction of women die from breast cancer (about 1 in 20 in the UK), and what this survey shows more than anything else is that the breast cancer charities have not yet managed to scare absolutely every older woman senseless that she is doomed to die of breast cancer, whereas younger women have already received so much propaganda about breast cancer that they are unduly worried.

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