How common is breast cancer recurrence? According to the Susan G. Komen® organization, women with early breast cancer most often develop local recurrence within the first five years after treatment. On average, 7 percent to 11 percent of women with early breast cancer experience a local recurrence during this time.
Which breast cancer is most likely to recur? Younger age. Younger people, particularly those under age 35 at the time of their original breast cancer diagnosis, face a higher risk of recurrent breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer. People with inflammatory breast cancer have a higher risk of local recurrence.
Is breast cancer worse the second time? After breast cancer was diagnosed a second time, the women’s chances of survival were 27% to 47% higher if the second breast cancer was small and had no symptoms when diagnosed, compared to second breast cancers that caused symptoms such as a lump, a skin change, or nipple discharge.
Can breast cancer recurrence be cured? Treatment for secondary breast cancer
If breast cancer has spread to another part of the body, it can be treated but it cannot be cured. The aim of treatment for secondary breast cancer is to: control and slow down the spread of the cancer.