This year alone, there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer. About 50 percent of breast cancer cases are found in women over age 65. In fact, the chance that a woman will get breast cancer increases from one in 233 for a woman in her 30s, to a 1-in-8 chance for a woman in her 80s.
For these reasons, it’s especially important for seniors to have annual screening tests.
No matter a woman’s age, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chance it can be treated effectively and the greater the survival rate.
A recent study published in the journal Radiology suggests that early detection with mammography reduces the risk of late-stage breast cancer diagnosis in women over 75, requiring less treatment and improving survival rates.
The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 years and older (who are at average risk of breast cancer) should receive a yearly mammogram and optional breast exam.