Study: Women with Advanced Breast Cancer Surviving Longer

The number of women living with advanced breast cancer is rising substantially in the United States, reflecting improved survival among all ages, according to a recently published study, as reported in The Washington Post.

The study found that between 1992 and 1994, and 2005 and 2012, the five-year survival rate among women under age 50 initially diagnosed with advanced disease doubled from 18 percent to 36 percent. The median survival time for that group increased from 22.3 months to almost 39 months. For women ages 50 to 64, the survival time grew from a little more than 19 months to almost 30 months.

The lead author, Angela Mariotto of the National Cancer Institute, called the findings “favorable” because they were partly due to longer survival times resulting from better treatments.

Learn more by reading the full story in The Washington Post, and by reading the study itself.

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