Survival times are going up for women with metastatic breast cancer.
Women with metastatic breast cancer are living longer.
In 1990, there were 105,354 women alive with the disease in the United States, according to a new analysis. Now that figure has risen to an estimated 154,794.
Metastatic breast cancer is progressive and incurable, but the analysis in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that more than 17 percent of women under age 64 whose metastatic breast cancer was diagnosed between 2000 and 2004 survived for 10 years or longer.
From 1992 to 1994, the five-year survival rate for women under age 49 with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer was 18 percent. From 2005 to 2012, five-year survival had doubled to 36 percent.
Clearly, improvements in treatment are part of the explanation. But better imaging techniques have also resulted in earlier detection of metastatic disease and may help explain the increase in years of survival.
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