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Five-year survival statistics for breast cancer are on the rise, according to a new British study. And that’s great news!

With approximately 54,000 new cases diagnosed each year, breast cancer is the most common among women in France. The league against cancer estimates that 1 in 9 women will be affected by this disease during her lifetime, mainly after the age of 50 (the average age at diagnosis being 61).

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Breast cancer is scary: this pathology is thus responsible for 11,900 annual deaths in France. However, according to a new study carried out by the University of Oxford (in Great Britain), breast cancer is less and less deadly – ​​and that’s excellent news!

The researchers reviewed medical data on more than 512,000 British women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1993 and 2015 – most of them receiving treatment with surgery.

A control mammogram every 2 years from the age of 50

Result: 5 years after diagnosis, 14.4% of women diagnosed between 1993 and 1999 had died. A rate that drops to 4.9% for women diagnosed between 2010 and 2015.

In summary ? “The vast majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer today can expect to become long-term cancer survivors“conclude the researchers. This is reassuring!

Please note: these statistics only concern women who were diagnosed early – that is to say: before the disease has spread to the lymph nodes. Hence the importance of organized screening: in France, women aged 50 to 74 are invited every 2 years to have a control mammogram. Don’t miss this appointment!

Source :University of Oxford

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