Breast cancer in older women

Denise Monahan*, Nora M Hansen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Breast cancer risk increases with age and as life expectancy continues to increase; therefore, breast cancer in older women has become a significant public health concern. The basic principles of imaging, diagnosis, and treatment remain standard for all women with breast cancer. However, in the elderly population, comorbid conditions, life expectancy, and quality of life take on particular importance for the clinician to consider and balance with treatment decisions. Historically, older women have been poorly represented in breast cancer trials, and their surgical and adjuvant treatment often differs from that of younger women. More information is needed regarding the impact of breast cancer and its treatment on the growing population of older women with breast cancer. In this chapter, the role of screening, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer in older women and some of the special considerations relevant to this population of patients will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBreast Disease
Subtitle of host publicationManagement and Therapies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319260129
ISBN (Print)9783319260105
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Diagnosis
  • Endocrine therapy
  • Older women
  • Screening mammography
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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