Natural History of Breast Cancer

  • S. Gore
  • A. Langlands
  • S. Pocock
  • G. Kerr
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 80)


Retrospective analysis was made of 3,918 cases of breast cancer seen during 1954–1964. Median survival was 4.5 years and 30% of patients survived through a 10-year period. For stages I, II, and III patients, the mortality increased during 1–4 years after diagnosis and then slowly declined. Beyond 15 years, stage III patients assumed the same mortality (5%) as those with lesser disease; 58% excess of deaths from all causes after 15–20 years showed that breast cancer was not curable within 20 years but ultimately, taking account of clinical status, 51% of 5-year survivors with stages I-III disease are cured.


Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Patient Excess Death Rate Natural Duration Menstrual Status 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gore
    • 1
  • A. Langlands
    • 1
  • S. Pocock
    • 1
  • G. Kerr
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Biostatics UnitMedical Research Council CentreCambridgeUK

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