It goes without saying that women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer may fear radiation therapy. However, new research has highlighted the long-lasting benefits of the treatment.
According to WebMD.com
, recent studies indicate that radiation can dramatically prevent a recurrence of breast cancer after one's initial diagnosis. This, along with advancements in early detection, has contributed to stage one breast cancer patients enjoying close to a 100 percent five-year survival rate.
"A combination of moderate gains in treatment and screening led to a halving of breast cancer [deaths] among women ages 35 to 69 in the U.K. and U.S. since the 1980s," Sarah Darby a professor of medical statistics at Oxford University in England, told the news outlet.
The study, which followed more than 11,000 breast cancer patients for more than a decade, also showed that younger women benefit the most from radiation therapy.
According to Breast Cancer UK, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women who are under the age of 35.