Earlier this week I spoke about breast cancer staging. Suddenly I was inundated with a number of questions and emails about the survival rates depending on stage of cancer.
Survival of Breast Cancer Based on Stage
Now, we all know that this is a million dollar question. But when I was first diagnosed I came across this site. I have used it regularly for research and information since then. The graphs below show excellent and realistic guide lines of what to expect in the war against cancer.
Breast Cancer Survival at various stages
Now, in all honesty if anyone really knew the answer to the survival of breast cancer question they would be a fat cat in the world of cancer. These are only guidelines but they should prove positive for many of the women who have been recently diagnosed.
What I believe is important in the charts is that early detection of cancer shows up to 95% survival rate over 10 years. This is magnificent!
But of course this depends on the stage of cancer when diagnosed. It is easy to say that early detection makes all the difference. But the article states that younger women are able to battle and win the cancer battle even with a high staged cancer.
Similarly older women with Stage 1 are extremely able to live 10 years plus.
So what does this mean?
In short, I love the stats as they make me feel good. Are they the Holy Grail? Well no. But all stats need to taken at face value. We need these statistics to give us hope. I strongly believe that hope and positive thinking are just as vital to cancer survival as is chemo, rads and bisphosphonate therapy.
I would like to tell you a short story about my friend who had metaplastic breast cancer. She was in her 60’s and on diagnosis her cancer was Stage 1. According to these stats she should have lived another 10 years. But her own fear of chemotherapy and surgery killed her. She waited six months after diagnosis to find a surgeon to operate. When she did operate the cancer had spread “everywhere”. She died four months later. What a waste.
Please quick removal of any cancer is the key to success.