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Breast cancer comprises approximately 13.9% of all cases of malignancy in both sexes and 19% in women, in whom it is the commonest form of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 110,000 women developed breast cancer in 1981, and some 37,100 deaths from the disease occurred. The five-year survival rate has been improving over the past 40 years as shown in Table 1, but patients remain in risk of recurrence indefinitely and survival for ten years is generally accepted as the minimal time period necessary to establish the validity of new therapies.
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