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Breast cancer survival rates in city above US

BREAST cancer patients have a better chance of surviving longer in Shanghai than in the United States, according to new figures.

The overall breast cancer survival rate in Shanghai surpassed that of the US in 2010, the 11th Chinese Breast Cancer Conference heard yesterday.

Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of women in Shanghai surviving five years or more after being diagnosed and operated on for breast cancer rose 10 percent to 89.9 percent, said the Shanghai Breast Cancer Center.

Under the same criteria, for US breast cancer patients the 2010 rate was 89 percent - up 5 percent on 2000.

"We have reached an advanced international level in treating breast cancer," said Shao Zhimin, a breast cancer surgeon and director of the breast cancer committee of the China Anti-Cancer Association.

Shao said in the West, women aged between 40 to 69 undergo at least one breast X-ray check a year because early diagnosis significantly reduces the death rate.

In 2008, the Shanghai Breast Cancer Center launched a large-scale breast cancer screening, involving 15,000 women aged between 35 and 74. About 45.5 percent of those diagnosed did not have to receive chemotherapy and 33.3 percent of patients did not require mastectomies.


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