Although the chance of developing breast cancer increases after age 60, the likelihood of dying from it is low. If you're like most women, you consider the possibility of learning you have breast cancer every time you have a mammogram. But breast cancer probably doesn't seem as scary as it did when you were younger, because there has been so much good news about breast cancer in the last 20 years—improvements in mammography, advances in surgery and reconstruction, and drugs that are more effective and less toxic. Breast cancer is still a disease of older women.
Painless breast lump in an elderly woman. Secretory breast carcinoma in an elderly woman.
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Back to Healthy body. As you get older, it's natural for your breasts to lose their firmness, change shape, shrink in size and become more prone to certain abnormal lumps. In most cases, breast lumps are harmless, but whatever your age, it's important that you report any new lumps to your doctor. It's normal for breast tissue to become less glandular and more fatty as you get older, which makes them feel less firm and full. These are often harmless breast lumps , like cysts, but they can also be a sign of serious conditions like breast cancer.
A Guide to Breast Cancer in Older Adults
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in elderly women. A woman has a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer over her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. The older a woman is, the more likely it is she will be diagnosed with the disease. On average and across all races, there is about a 9 percent chance that a year-old woman develops breast cancer over her next 20 years. Nearly , new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, with more than three million survivors of the disease living at any given time, according to the American Cancer Society.
Annie Krause moved into a nursing home in Detroit in , when she was 98 years old. She had grown frail. Arthritis, recurrent infections and hypertension had made it difficult for her to manage on her own.