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Prognosis of Breast Cancer

Prognosis of Breast Cancer: Depends on severity. Early detection has good chances. ...see also Overview of Breast Cancer

Life Expectancy and Survival Rates

Survival rate for Breast Cancer: 78% survival rate in the UK 2001 (National Statistics Ė UK Government Census, 2001) ...see also deaths and Breast Cancer

Average life years lost from Breast Cancer: 18.6 years (SEER)1 ...see also deaths and Breast Cancer

Deaths and Mortality Rates

Deaths from Breast Cancer: 41,100 deaths in 1999 (CDC); 41,528 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)

Estimated mortality rate for Breast Cancer from incidence and deaths statistics:

  • Deaths: 41,100 (USA annual deaths calculated from this data: 41,100 deaths in 1999 (CDC); 41,528 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001))
  • Incidence: 204,999 (USA annual incidence calculated from this data: 205,000 annual cases (SEER 2002 estimate); 180,000 annual cases (NCI); only about 1,000 men
  • 20.0% (ratio of deaths to incidence).
  • See also Deaths and Breast Cancer and Overview of Breast Cancer.

Complications:

Complications of Breast Cancer from the Diseases Database include:


Source: Diseases Database

See also complications of Breast Cancer.

Prognosis of Breast Cancer Discussion

Your chance of recovery (prognosis) and choice of treatment depend on the stage of your cancer (the size of the tumor and whether it is just in the breast or has spread to other places in the body), the type of breast cancer, certain characteristics of the cancer cells, and whether the cancer is found in your other breast. Your age, weight, menopausal status (whether or not you still have menstrual periods), and general health can also affect your prognosis and choice of treatment. (Source: excerpt from Breast Cancer: NWHIC)

Recurrence of Breast Cancer

Approximately one of every ten patients who are treated with lumpectomy and radiation therapy will have a recurrence of breast cancer in the same breast within 12 years. Recurrence in the same breast usually requires additional surgery, but does not affect chances of survival compared to mastectomy. However, fear of recurrence of breast cancer is the reason why many women prefer a mastectomy to a lumpectomy. It seems rather obvious that you can't get cancer in your breast if your breast is removed. However, women who have undergone a mastectomy can still experience a recurrence on the chest wall where the breast was removed. Recurrence on the chest wall following a mastectomy is slightly less likely than recurrence in the same breast following a lumpectomy and radiation. (Source: excerpt from Early Stage Breast Cancer: NWHIC)

Survival Rate Statistics for Breast Cancer

The following are statistics from various sources about the survival rate for Breast Cancer:

  • 80.4% of women with breast cancer survive after 5 years in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
  • Breast cancer survival rates by stage of disease:
    • 100% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected before it starts to spread in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 98% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected while it is smaller than 2cm in diameter and hasnít spread in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 88% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected while it is 2-5cm in diameter and has spread to axillary lymph nodes in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 76% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected even over 5cm in diameter if it hasnít spread to axillary lymph nodes in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 76% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected while it is 2-5cm in diameter and has spread to axillary lymph nodes in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 56% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected after it has spread to axillary lymph nodes and to axillary tissues in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 49% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected after it has attached itself to the chest wall and chest lymph nodes in the US (The American Cancer Society)
    • 16% of women survive breast cancer if it is detected after it has spread to other parts of the body such as bone, lung or liver in the US (The American Cancer Society)
  • more survival rate statistics...»

Death Statistics for Breast Cancer

The following are statistics from various sources about deaths related to Breast Cancer:

  • 40,580 estimated deaths for breast cancer in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 470 estimated male deaths for breast cancer in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • Breast cancer ranked 2nd leading cancer killer in women in the US (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • 40,110 estimated female deaths for breast cancer in the US 2004 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • Breast cancer death rate decreased by 5.6% in the US 1990-94 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
  • more death statistics...»

Breast Cancer: Research More

About prognosis:

The 'prognosis' of Breast Cancer usually refers to the likely outcome of Breast Cancer. The prognosis of Breast Cancer may include the duration of Breast Cancer, chances of complications of Breast Cancer, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Breast Cancer, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Breast Cancer. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.



Footnotes:
1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 

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