It’s a Fact: Progress Has Been Made Toward Finding Breast Cancer Cures


Over the past 30 years, significant advances have been made that have led to decreased mortality and increased survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Progress in both early detection and treatment has led to improved survival for people of all ages and races, and with all stages of breast cancer. Between 1990 and 2009, breast cancer mortality declined by 33 percent among women in the United States.

And 30 years ago, the five-year relative survival rate for early stage breast cancer was about 74 percent. Today, this number has increased to 98 percent.

Great progress has been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. As a result, the number of breast cancer survivors continues to rise.

For more information about Komen’s commitment to research and the progress that’s been made, please visit


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