Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What are the chances of surviving breast cancer?

One definition of cure is being alive and free of breast cancer for 5 years. If the cancer is found early, a woman's chances of survival are better. In fact, nearly 98 percent of women who discover their breast cancer when it is near the site of origin and still small in size are alive 5 years later.

However, women whose cancer is diagnosed at a late stage, after it has spread to other parts of the body, have only a 23.3 percent chance of surviving 5 years.

To learn more about what happens after treatment, see “Surviving Cancer.”