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What are the odds of breast cancer recurrence and the survival rate?

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About 1/5 of all breast cancer patients have a recurrence of the cancer, and those with an advanced stage of cancer are more likely to die from it, says a study by the American Journal of Managed Care. Breast cancer most often recurs 2 to 5 years after the remission.

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Most people who are successfully treated for breast cancer never have a recurrence. However, 20 percent of patients do have to deal with the return of breast cancer. Even women who have had mastectomies can experience a recurrence. The cancer can recur in the same place, which is called local breast cancer recurrence, says Johns Hopkins Medicine. Distant breast cancer recurrence is when the cancer has spread from the breast to another organ, a process called metastasis.

Patients can have a recurrence more than 5 years after they first went into remission. However, the rate of recurrence 10 years from remission has declined in recent years, as of 2015, says a study by the American Journal of Managed Care. Patients might also be diagnosed with a new cancer at any time after remission. This is not common, however. Most breast cancer patients have a recurrence of the cancer in their breast, not in other organs, which makes the cancer more treatable and improves the chance of survival.

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