The charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer has said that elder women in Scotland who have been detected with breast cancer do not always get the same range of treatment as younger patients.
According to the charity, Scottish women above the age of 80 are 40 times less liable to be provided surgical procedure, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer said that all women should have equivalent access to health care, irrespective of their age, and defined the current scenario as incorrect.
The charity has asked the Scottish Government to make sure that senior patients are cured on the foundation of medical requirement, not on age.
Audrey Birt, Scottish Director of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said, "With over 4,000 women being diagnosed and around 1,000 women dying of breast cancer each year in Scotland, it is wrong that all women are not receiving equal access to the treatments they need, whatever their age”.
Professor Mike Dixon, Clinical Lead at the Breakthrough Cancer Research Division at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, remarked that they should attend to this disparity as a main concern by ensuring that access to prognosis and treatment is enhanced throughout Scotland.
However, a Spokeswoman for the Scottish Government maintained that all cancer victims are given the entire variety of suitable treatment options irrespective of age.
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