Older women risk lives by missing breast cancer checks

The Eiffel Tower illuminated in pink to accompany a nationwide annual breast cancer awareness campaign

The most common form of cancer among women in France causes 12,000 deaths a year

Too few women in France aged between 50 and 74 are being checked for breast cancer.

According to the latest data, 50% of women in that age range went for screening in 2017. This was an improvement on the 40% achieved in 2004, but far from the 70% European target.

The good news – as the annual Octobre Rose awareness month begins – is that breast cancer is not the killer it once was, thanks to improvements in screening and treatment. Three out of four women go into full remission after the right care.

And, according to the Haute Autorité ...

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