Here’s some incredibly good news for women who’ve had breast cancer. It comes from the Association of Breast Surgery and the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme in Britain. An audit traced the outcomes for women with breast cancer diagnosed in 1990 and in 2000-01.
It found that women whose breast cancers are detected early live as long as those who never developed the disease. That should be a huge boost to the more than 60 per cent of women whose cancers are detected when small and before they have spread to the lymph nodes.
The audit also showed that survival rates are also improving for women with more aggressive disease. Overall, the 15-year survival rate stands at 86 per cent for British women whose cancers were detected through screening. Meanwhile screening techniques have improved a lot with new digital technology. The bottom line is make sure you’re checked regularly.