A recent study by Dr. Aman Buzdar and a team of researchers at M.D. Anderson shows that survival rates have improved for breast cancer over the past fifty years. Earlier stages (stages I through III) of breast cancer have gone from 16 percent survival after ten years in 1955 to 57 percent survival after ten years in 1994 to 75 percent survival in 2004. Stage IV breast cancer survival, however, shows improvement, though less impressive, going from 3 percent survival after ten years in 1944 to 22 percent survival in 2004.
I’m definitely applying for that 22 percent, but I hope that researchers keep aggressively seeking new ways to treat stage IV breast cancer that will stop its rampage while allowing us a good quality of life.
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