THE STATS

Central Queensland News - - WEEKEND - SOURCE: Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion

Breast can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer fac­ing Aus­tralian women and the third high­est cause of death among Aus­tralian women aged 45–64. One in eight women and one in 715 men will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in their life­time. More women are sur­viv­ing breast can­cer. In 1994 about 76% of women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer were still alive five years after di­ag­no­sis. To­day, the five-year sur­vival rate is 90%. There are more than 65,976 peo­ple liv­ing with a breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis. Breast can­cer spreading to other or­gans (metas­ta­sis) is the main cause of death from breast can­cer. The sur­vival rate of women who have metastatic breast can­cer at first di­ag­no­sis is alarm­ingly low, with only one in four (a quar­ter) of women still alive five years after di­ag­no­sis. In Aus­tralia, about 20–30% of women di­ag­nosed with early stage breast can­cer will go on to de­velop metastatic breast can­cer.

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