5 YEARS CLEAR

WHAT DOES IT RE­ALLY MEAN?

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S -

The five-year scan is cal­cu­lated from the date of the pa­tient’s ini­tial can­cer di­ag­no­sis. Of those who are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, 90 per cent will live be­yond five years, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics. How­ever, now that ex­perts un­der­stand how dif­fer­ently breast can­cers can be­have, the five-year mark isn’t as im­por­tant a mile­stone as it once was.

“We now know that some types of breast can­cer tend to re­cur early, but for other types, the risk of re­cur­rence per­sists past five years and be­yond,” as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor El­gene Lim, head of the breast can­cer re­search lab­o­ra­tory at Syd­ney’s Gar­van In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search, says. “I al­ways tell my pa­tients to re­main vig­i­lant.”

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