Breast Cancer Relapse Study

A new study reports relapse rates for breast cancer are lower than most women think they are.

Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center studied nearly three thousand women diagnosed with breast cancer, from stages one through three.

They found nearly 90 percent of women remained relapse-free ten years after their diagnosis, 80 percent had not had a recurrence fifteen years after they they learned they had the disease.

The risk for relapse increased with the stage they were diagnosed at, so women with stage three cancer had a higher risk than those with stage one.

The study also found women with ER positive breast cancer had a greater risk for relapse.

Researchers say this study gives patients and doctors a better idea of who may have a lingering risk for recurrence and further questions whether taking five years of hormone therapy benefits every patient.

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