Five-year breast cancer survival rate above 90%

The five-year survival rate for female breast cancer patients in Taiwan has increased to higher than 90 per cent in recent years, thanks to significant improvements in medical testing and treatment.

This was among the encouraging reports presented at an international symposium on breast cancer held in Taipei under the sponsorship of the Department of Health (DOH), the Breast Cancer Society of Taiwan, the Taiwan Society of Plastic Surgery, the Taiwan Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and other organisations as well as leading medical institutions.

DOH officials and medical experts said that the breast cancer five-year survival rate in Taiwan is not inferior to rates in more advanced nations and regions such as the United States and Europe.

The much improved medical testing and treatment at medical institutions have actually relegated breast cancer to the category of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes or other highly common diseases, they said.