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Breast cancer 1 and 5 year survival rate among U.S. males 2007-2016, by stage
Life Expectancy of Stage 4 Breast Cancer
The return of breast cancer after a period of remission, referred to as a recurrence , occurs when cancer cells remain after treatment despite best efforts to eradicate them. These lingering cells can often remain dormant for years and, for reasons not entirely understood, suddenly start to multiply. A recurrence may develop in the same area as the first malignancy, in the opposite breast, or in some other part of the body. The prospect of recurrence is ultimately something that everyone breast cancer lives with.
Cancer statistics, 2020
Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Risk factors for developing breast cancer include being female, obesity , a lack of physical exercise, alcoholism , hormone replacement therapy during menopause , ionizing radiation , an early age at first menstruation , having children late in life or not at all, older age, having a prior history of breast cancer, and a family history of breast cancer. The balance of benefits versus harms of breast cancer screening is controversial. A Cochrane review found that it was unclear if mammographic screening does more harm than good, in that a large proportion of women who test positive turn out not to have the disease. Outcomes for breast cancer vary depending on the cancer type, the extent of disease , and the person's age.
Skip to Content. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors.