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◗ 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. SOURCE: Na­tional Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion

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