An Unheard Majority: How Older Women Experience a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Check out important insights found in SHARE's Survey!
Breast cancer strikes people of every age — and yet, you wouldn’t know it from most consumer media coverage of breast cancer discoveries, treatments, and patients. For even though the average age of diagnosis is 63, very little is known about the experiences and insights of women ages 70 and older, even as this population grows.
With this in mind, SHARE conducted a national, online survey of 1,000 women with breast cancer between February and April 2021. Our goal: to find out how older women experience a breast cancer diagnosis and how that experience differs from those of women diagnosed at a younger age. We wanted to know how decisions were made, where support was needed and given, and how older women view the patient-provider relationship versus that of young women, especially in terms of feelings of trust.
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