Why has the survival rate for breast cancer increased?

Mortality rates for breast cancer have declined steadily in the U.S. since 1990, resulting in an improvement in survival. The reasons for this shift include mammographic screening, adjuvant hormonal therapy, adjuvant chemotherapy, post-lumpectomy radiation, and more personalized or targeted therapy directed at each individual patient’s specific tumor type. 

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