Use lessons from your initial treatment to give you confidence and strength as you face the anger and fear that come with a cancer recurrence. Your cancer is back, and so are the shock and fear that came with your first diagnosis. The uncertainties are back, too, and you wonder about more cancer treatment and about your future. The distress you feel is normal — some say the second cancer diagnosis can be more distressing than the first.
The Data Visualizations tool makes it easy for anyone to explore and use the latest official federal government cancer data from United States Cancer Statistics. Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options Skip directly to A-Z link. Breast Cancer. Section Navigation. Breast Cancer Statistics. Minus Related Pages. Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is— The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
A breast cancer recurrence, or "recurrent breast cancer," is cancer that has come back in the same or opposite breast or chest wall after a period of time when the cancer couldn't be detected. During surgery to remove an original diagnosis of breast cancer lumpectomy or mastectomy , the surgeon removes all the cancer that can be seen and felt. But tests for cancer aren't sensitive enough to detect tiny groups of cancer cells that may be left over after surgery. It is possible for isolated groups of cells to survive radiation therapy and chemotherapy intended to reduce the risk of recurrence.