Dr. Harness shares if breast cancer is contagious.
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Yes, breast cancer can absolutely be fatal. But if you look at what’s going on over the last 20 years, the mortality rate for breast cancer is continuously going down. The number one impact and the reason why mortality has gone down has been early screening, finding breast cancer at an earlier age. So screening mammography is clearly having an impact on mortality. But also having an impact on mortality are better treatments, doing better surgical procedures. We have better chemotherapies. We have better anti-estrogen hormonal treatment, better radiation therapies. All those are coming into play with slowly but continuously decreasing mortality rate.
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