96% of women survive breast cancer for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall to 87% surviving for five years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with breast cancer during 2010-2011 in England and Wales.
Female breast cancer survival continues to fall beyond five years after diagnosis. 78% of women are predicted to survive their disease for ten years or more, as shown by age-standardised net survival for patients diagnosed with breast cancer during 2010-2011 in England and Wales.
Survival for breast cancer is strongly related to the stage of the disease at diagnosis.
One-year net survival for breast cancer is highest for patients diagnosed at stage I, and lowest for those diagnosed at stage IV, 2014 data for England show.
- 100% of patients diagnosed at stage I survived their disease for at least one year, versus 63% of patients diagnosed at stage IV.
One-year net survival for unknown stage breast cancer is 85%. Lack of staging information may in some cases reflect advanced stage at diagnosis: for example very unwell patients may not undergo staging tests if the invasiveness of the testing outweighs the potential benefit of obtaining stage information
Five year survival:
- Five-year survival for female breast cancer shows a much more rapid decrease in survival between Stages I and IV. Five-year relative survival in women ranges from 99% at Stage I to 15% at Stage IV for patients diagnosed during 2002-2006 in the former Anglia Cancer Network.
Last edited 12/2018 and last reviewed 12/2018