After 5 Years, Risk Of Breast Cancer Recurrence Drops

August 13, 2008

A new study has found that five years after a woman is treated for breast cancer, her risk of recurrence drops off considerably...Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that five years after a woman is treated for breast cancer, her risk of recurrence drops off considerably.

The study consisted of data on 2,838 U.S. women who were all treated at M.D. Anderson between 1985 and 2001.

These women, following their surgery or radiation to remove the breast cancer tumor, were all cancer free for five years. They also either had to go through chemotherapy, and/or hormone therapy as well.

After five years, the risk of recurrence was found to be quite low.

Women who had stage I breast cancer had a recurrence risk of 7%, while women with stage II breast cancer had a risk of 11%,. Women with stage III had a risk of 13%.

Breast cancer results in 465,000 deaths annually around the globe.

The study has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute


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