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Postmenopausal Women Less Concerned About Breast Cancer Than Younger Women

Postmenopausal Women Less Concerned About Breast Cancer Than Younger Women

Women most at risk for developing breast cancer were the least likely to realize it according to a recent national survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Being over age 50 places a woman at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Yet, only 37% of women aged 55 or older listed breast cancer as a disease they were most concerned about as they age.

Survey Results

The survey, which polled 1,158 US women aged 35 and older, revealed that women did not identify age as a primary risk factor for breast cancer. Specifically, the survey showed:

• More women (71%) ranked family history as an "extremely" or "very" important risk factor for breast cancer compared to increasing age (36%), when in fact only 15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family member with the disease.

• 75% of women surveyed did not recognize that being over age 50 presents the greatest risk for developing breast cancer.

• Only 37% of women aged 55 and older listed breast cancer as a disease they were most concerned about as they age.

• One-third (33%) of women mistakenly believe that the importance of a regular mammogram decreases with age. Approximately 23% indicated they believe that the age at which the importance of getting a mammogram starts to decrease is at some point after age 60.

• More than one-third of women (35%) indicated they got most of their health information from a family physician, with the Internet being ranked second (18%), the news media third (17%) and an obstetrician/gynecologist fourth (16%).

About the Survey

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