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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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

  • 100% of patients diagnosed at stage I survived their disease for at least one year, versus 63% of patients diagnosed at stage IV.[1]

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.

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Last edited 12/2018 and last reviewed 12/2018

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