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NHS accused of ageism

24th February 2010

Breakthrough Breast Cancer has carried out research which it says shows older women with cancer face discrimination when being treated by the health service.

Women over the age of 80 were forty times less likely to be offered surgery than younger women and were less likely to be offered chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "Our research has found [women aren't receiving a full range of treatment options] despite many advances in breast cancer treatment. With nearly 12,000 women dying of breast cancer each year it is scandalous that all women are not receiving equal access to the treatments they need."

 

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