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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
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12/6/2016Dear Lilie
I came to read over the net a statistic saying that at ten years after initial diagnosis and treatment 11% of the woman in a study had recurrence.. At 15 years 20% had a late recurrence..

To my knowledge the more time passes after 10 years the risk becomes less than 1%.. how in this case this shows to go up?

RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
12/6/2016there are many studies that give conflicting statistical information. part of the issue relates to the stage of the cancer and its prognostic factors. for example, there is a higher risk for women who have triple negative breast cancer to get recurrence in the form of mets than those who had ER positive and HER2 negative breast cancer. there are rare situations in which many years later someone is diagnosed with mets. things happen. nothing is absolutely zero from a risk perspective. but the longer time passes, the less worry there should be.

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