Screen70+ can help you decide whether or not to continue having mammograms from age 70+
If you're age 70+, you're no longer entitled to a free screening mammogram.
Screen 70+ is based on a tool created by Dr Mara Schonberg at Harvard Medical School. Thanks to Dr Schonberg for her kind permission to use her work.
No. In your 70s, your breast cancer risk is slightly higher than in your 50s.
When you decide whether or not to continue with mammograms, you might want to think about how many years you have left
to live...and what health will you be in?
Calculations based on life expectancy figures from Statistics NZ at medium death rates
About 700 women aged 70+ are diagnosed in NZ each year – that’s one quarter of breast cancers.
If you've had breast cancer before, or if you have possible breast cancer symptoms (a lump, unusual pain, skin or nipple
changes), don't use this tool. See your doctor to discuss your screening needs.
The information you enter here is used only to calculate your personal health score. We do not store this information.
If you've had breast cancer before, or if you have possible breast cancer symptoms (a lump, unusual pain, skin or nipple changes), don't use this tool. See your doctor to discuss your screening needs.
A mammogram is very unlikely to help you live longer
A mammogram is unlikely to help you live longer
A mammogram may help you live longer
This score reflects some of the health factors that might influence a woman’s decision to have a mammogram. It is not a medical assessment. Please discuss any health concerns with your doctor.
Breast cancer rates per 1000 women age 70+
Some pre-cancers and early stage breast cancers will not cause a problem in a woman's lifetime.
Of every 1,000 NZ women who die aged 70 or older*
Many more women age 70 and older die of heart disease than breast cancer.
*Causes of Death, 2010, Ministry of Health
Here are some of the treatments available to New Zealand women with breast cancer.
Only the lump of breast cancer is removed from the breast. Most older women do well after this surgery.
Surgical removal of the breast. Some older women experience pain, infection, swelling in their arm, and even death after mastectomy.
Hormone therapy pills are taken for at least 5 years to prevent breast cancer from coming back. May cause hot flashes, bone pain, osteoporosis, or fatigue in some women.
High-energy radiation gets rid of cancer cells. Radiation is given 5 days a week for up to five weeks. May cause fatigue and breast pain.
An intravenous (IV) medication that is given to get rid of cancer cells. Can have side effects like vomiting, fatigue, diarrhoea, or infections. Few women age 75 or older are treated with chemotherapy. However, new studies are coming out which suggest older women can do well on chemotherapy.
It's important to think about whether you would be willing to be treated for breast cancer before getting a mammogram.
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Today 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This year 600+ will most likely die.
Yet 30% of eligible women aren't enrolled in free screening.
And 60% of young women don't know the signs beyond a lump.
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