Medscape released findings from a new study conducted in the Netherlands that found the risk of breast cancer recurrence plummets to 1% if there are no events within three years after first diagnosis.

According to an analysis of a large database from the Netherlands, the risk for local recurrence of breast cancer decreases as event-free survival lengthens.  This study, which also demonstrated that recurrence risk varies substantially by subtype, should help physicians counsel women with breast cancer.

Dr. Moossdorff, MD, a doctoral candidate at Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, presented the study at the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) 2016 Cancer Symposium.  Her remarkable findings support that the risk of local recurrence decreased with event-free time.  Overall, the risk of recurrence is 1% after 3 event-free years.

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Study Refines the Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence. Medscape. Mar 07, 2016.