An "alarming" number of women are unaware of the link between age and breast cancer, meaning that many may not be diagnosed and receive cancer treatment until the disease has progressed, experts have warned.
The charity Breast Cancer Care found that 60 per cent of women are unaware that the risk of breast cancer increases with age.
Kate McLachlan, clinical nurse specialist at the charity, said: "It's important that we work closely with the screening service, with patient groups and with the government to inform Cancer Reform Strategy, which does cover raising awareness, particularly with regards to breast cancer.
"The incidence of breast cancer is increasing each year across all age ranges, so we are seeing more younger women, but equally women of all ages too," she revealed.
Ms McLachlan said that it is therefore important for women of all ages to be breast aware, noting that it should become "part of their daily routine".
"As you take your bath or your shower every day, be aware of how your breasts look and feel, and make it part of your daily routine as you would for any part of your body," she advised.
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