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Breast Cancer in Seniors

By Jeffrey Stoker

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will suffer from breast cancer at some point in her life. Like almost every disease, breast cancer is not limited to a certain age group, making it vital to maintain a schedule of annual mammograms. In fact, sixty percent of all breast cancer occurs in women over the age of 65.

Understandably, seniors face obstacles regarding something as routine as a doctor's visit if they cannot drive or don't have someone who can take them to their appointment. This challenge is magnified if the individual requires cancer treatment and frequent therapies. Although the possibility of a diagnosis is daunting, left undetected the outcome can be much more devastating. A helpful article on the topic of breast cancer in seniors can be found on the Cancer Network's website