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How Doctors Stage Breast Cancer

The stage of breast cancer determines the correct treatment. If you're researching breast cancer diagnosis, you should familiarize yourself with the different stages. The stages classify breast cancer as to how advanced it is. Doctors use staging to determine how far along cancer is, how aggressive it is and how it is likely to respond to certain treatments. Stages usually go from zero to four. A higher stage indicates more advanced cancer. Remember that staging is a diagnostic tool, not an indication of likelihood of survival. Staging helps guide your doctor as to how to treat you. Whether your cancer is Stage I or Stage IV, your goal should be to get the most appropriate treatment, beat the disease and get on with your life.

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