Ten Things You Need To Know About Breast Cancer
by Joseph D. Tabora, M.D.
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Here are ten things you need to know about breast cancer survival, breast cancer detection, and breast cancer treatment.
- Eight to nine out of 10 people with Stage I breast cancer are alive 5 years after the diagnosis.
- Six to seven out of 10 people with Stage II breast cancer are alive 5 years after the diagnosis.
- Four to five out of 10 people with Stage III breast cancer are alive 5 years after the diagnosis.
- Only one out of 10 people with Stage IV breast cancer is alive 5 years after the diagnosis.
- Examining your breast monthly may help you identify and treat breast cancer at an early stage (Stage I-II)
- Examination by a physician every year is part of the screening recommendation for breast cancer.
- A mammography may detect breast cancer before it gets big enough to be felt as a lump (Stage I).
- Patients treated with breast conservation therapy have the same survival rate as those treated with modified radical mastectomy.
- Patients with some types of early breast cancer may not need to have chemotherapy.
- Prompt diagnosis and treatment is the best way to fight breast cancer.