(1) Breast Unit, Anticancer Hospital “Metaxa”, Piraeus, Greece
(2) Conquest Hospital, St. Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex, UK
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The population of the elderly in the United States is increasing. Between 2000 and 2010 the population of women aged 65 and over increased by 11.3% with those 70 and over increasing by 6.4%. According to the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEERs) database, from 2000 to 2009 the median age for breast cancer diagnoses in the USA was 61 years of age. Approximately 41% were diagnosed above the age of 65, of which 21% were above the age of 75. As the USA population of women over 65 increases, breast cancer in older individuals is becoming more and more prevalent. The aim of our study is to discuss on the epidemiology, the risk factors, the signs and the symptoms, and finally, the current approach in the care of breast cancer in the elderly.
Knowledge of molecular biology and development of targeted therapies is the key to breast cancer treatment. It is essential elderly patients to be included in new clinical trials for individualized treatment recommendations.