Breast cancer survival rates have been improving significantly over the past 20 years. With the promotion of breast cancer screening and early identification of Breast Cancer Stages, thousands of women are successfully treated than ever before. Breast cancer survival rate is pegged on an average of five-year survival. Five years is commonly used since one-year survival only gives a very short-term view of breast cancer prognosis, while a ten-year survival rate and beyond would be looking at a long period since diagnosis. In 2001-2003, breast cancer trends have shown that 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer has five-year survival rate as compared to the 52% diagnosed in 1971-1975.
Breast cancer statistics have shown that breast cancer comes second to skin cancer as one of the most common types of cancer in terms of recorded new cases every year. In the United States, breast cancer incidence in women is 1 in 8 or about 13%. In 2008, there is an estimated 182, 460 new cases of invasive breast cancer was expected to be diagnosed while 67, 770 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer was recorded.
Breast cancer prognosis through accurate determination of early breast cancer stages has significantly improved over the years. As of 2008, it was recorded that about 2.5 million women in the United States has survived breast cancer. Breast cancer awareness and screening has greatly influenced a positive prognosis for breast cancer and will hopefully continue to improve in the coming years.