If you or anyone you love has been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, we just heard some encouraging news. According to a new study, women with advanced breast cancer are surviving longer than they used to. Even better? The study reflected improved survival among all ages.
The study found that between 1992 and 1994, and between 2005 and 2012, the five-year survival rate among women under age 50 diagnosed with advanced breast cancer had doubled from 18 percent to 36 percent. The median survival time for women under 50 increased from 22.3 months to almost 39 months. And for women aged 50 to 64, the survival time increased from a little more than 19 months to almost 30 months.
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The lead author, Angela Mariotto of the National Cancer Institute, said the findings were "favorable" because they were partly due to longer survival times because of better treatments for the disease.
Sadly, metastatic breast cancer is still largely incurable. But researchers said that these new innovative treatments and therapies can help affected women who “can and often do live for years with reasonable quality of life, albeit undergoing constant treatment to keep their disease under control."
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Of course, we're still impatiently waiting for the best news of all—when researchers finally announce that they've found the cure to all types of cancer and that the horrible disease is a thing of the past for people everywhere. But in the meantime, this is an encouraging step in the right direction. And we can't wait to hear what doctors figure out next!
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h/t Washington Post
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