Block A, Centre House
Wednesday 13th June 2012
One in five women with breast cancer could be at risk of the disease returning, a new study shows.
The Macmillan Cancer Support study conducted at St James' Institute of Oncology, in Leeds, looked at 1,000 breast cancer patients from Yorkshire who have been diagnosed since 1999.
It found that of the women they studied, 22% went on to develop breast cancer for a second time.
Dr Rachel Greig, senior policy officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "We welcome this study as a useful first step towards knowing how many breast cancer patients might experience a recurrence of their disease.
"It is vital to know how many patients' breast cancer are likely to return to allow the NHS to better plan and provide for their needs.
"We may need further studies from different parts of the country before we can accurately say what the true rate of breast cancer recurrence is nationally."
The findings will be presented at the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) conference in Birmingham on June 14 and 15.
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