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Although breast cancer can recur at any time, most recurrences occur in the first 3-5 years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can come back as a local recurrence (in the treated breast or near the mastectomy scar) or as a distant recurrence somewhere else in the body; therefore, breast cancer in a second breast seven years after the first could be considered a recurrence.
If you've been treated for breast cancer, you should continue to practice breast self-examination. Be sure to check both the treated area and your other breast each month. Also it is vital to keep your scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.
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