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Health Issue: Breast Cancer

Living Your Life

How well you do after being treated for breast cancer depends on many things.

The 5-year survival rate refers to the number of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the 5-year survival rates for persons with breast cancer that is appropriately treated are as follows:

  • 100% survival rate for stage 0
  • 100% survival rate for stage I
  • 92% survival rate for stage IIA
  • 81% survival rate for stage IIB
  • 67% survival rate for stage IIIA
  • 54% survival rate for stage IIIB
  • 20% survival rate for stage IV


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