Encouraging news for older women with breast cancer

March 15, 2011 3:09:15 PM PDT
A breast cancer diagnosis may not change the lifespan of older women.

Doctors are calling it encouraging news.

A new study has determined that older women, those 67 and above, who are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer can expect to live just as long as peers without breast cancer.

Experts say, thanks to modern medicine, more of the breast cancers are diagnosed at early stage. And, for older women especially, these cancers generally have a favorable diagnosis.

The study also found heart disease was the most common cause of death for these women with early stage breast cancer.

The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.