Progress in treatment and early detection has led to improved survival for people of all ages and ethnicities, and with all stages of breast cancer.
Between 1989 – 2014, death from breast cancer declined by 38 percent among women in the U.S., avoiding about 300,000 deaths.* Over the same time period, though, the rate of new breast cancer has stayed about the same, so we continue to see a large and growing number of survivors.**
The goal of treating early and locally-advanced breast cancers (stage I, II, and III) is to get rid of the cancer and keep it from coming back.
* American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.
**American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2015-2016. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2015.