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Research Article

The curability of breast cancer.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: (Published 02 October 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:781
  1. W Duncan,
  2. G R Kerr


    The age-correlated survival rates for 982 women treated for localised breast cancer were analysed retrospectively. Analysis by size of the primary cancer showed that those with smaller cancers had a significantly higher survival rate and a significantly reduced probability of dying of cancer. Cured groups of patients were identified for all but those with the smallest tumours--2.0 cm in diameter or smaller. A long period of follow-up (to 25 years) is necessary to establish the presence of a large cured group in such cases.