Calls for older women to be screened for breast cancer have been ignored by the NHS, with funds unfairly diverted to younger women, MPs have warned.
A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer said the health service is doing too little to prevent cases of the disease in women over the age of 70, who make up half of all deaths from breast cancer.
Currently, women between the age of 50 and 70 are offered regular mammograms, with pilot schemes testing screening for an expanded age group - those aged 47 to 50, and those between 70 and 73.
Two years ago, the APPG called for the age to be expanded up to the age of 76, a proposal which was backed by health officials.
But since then, nothing has happened, MPs said, while two thirds of the funding for the current pilots has been spent on the younger age group.
Co-chairman Conservative MP Steve Brine said: "We are concerned at the slow pace of change and the limited progress made on implementing the recommendations made by the inquiry in 2013.”
Diana Jupp, director of campaigns and services at Breast Cancer Care, said: “It is unacceptable that, in 2015, a breast cancer patient does not get the best care and treatment simply because of how old they are.
“Breast cancer risk increases with age and older women have poorer survival, so we absolutely must get this right.”
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