Sheffield woman urges cancer checks as MPs report shows lack of help for elderly

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A cross-party group of MPs have said that older women with cancer are not getting the correct support.

The group led an inquiry into older people with breast cancer in 2013 but said the recommendations it set out have not been met.

Pat Howe, aged 68, from Sheffield started volunteering to raise awareness about signs and symptoms of breast cancer after she was diagnosed just before Christmas 2014.

She said: “Women think it can’t happen to them and that it happens to someone else. But of course it can happen to anyone, and older women in particular need to be aware of this.”

It is estimated by 2040 almost three-quarters of all women living with breast cancer in the UK will be aged over 65.

Steve Brine MP, said gaps in service provision had been identified to make sure older women with breast cancer receive the best support.