There are more than three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today (more than any other group of cancer survivors) . While it's tragic so many people have had breast cancer, the sheer number of survivors shows the great strides that have been made in early detection and treatment. Today, most breast cancer survivors lead long and fulfilling lives.
This section of Understanding Breast Cancer has information for survivors on improving their quality of life. It also covers steps survivors can take to increase their chances for survival. The most important of these are regular medical care and continued screening after treatment ends.