A new study just published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute offers hope to breast cancer patients who survive five years from diagnosis of their condition. The good news is that in study of 2,838 patients with stage I to III breast cancers, the chance of remaining disease-free for another 5 years is 89%. For the 5 years after that (15-years out from their first diagnosis) a patient’s chance of being cancer-free is 81%.
This study was published by Abenaa M. Brewster, MD, oncologist. Dr. Brewster is an assistant professor in clinical cancer prevention at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
About Breast Cancer:
In 2008, it is estimated that in the United States 182,460 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and roughly 40,480 women will die from the disease. From 2001-2005, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the breast was 61 years of age.
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