16 July 2013
Commenting on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer’s report on older age and breast cancer, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'We support the report findings which, like our Age Old Excuse campaign, highlight the issues preventing older cancer patients getting the best treatment for their cancer and individual needs.
'We particularly want older people to be properly assessed and offered treatment based on their overall fitness, not solely their age, which is too often the case. The right practical support, whether it’s transport or help with caring responsibilities, must also be put in place so older people can access the treatment they need.
'By 2040 there will be more than one million breast cancer patients aged over 65 - almost quadruple the 340,000 older people currently living with the disease. Unless the barriers to timely treatment are tackled now, many older people could die unnecessarily from cancer and services will become unaffordable.'
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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