Having breast cancer during pregnancy is one of the most challenging problems a patient and her obstetrician can face. The instance of breast cancer in pregnant women is about 1 in 3,000 -- making it one of the most common types of cancer found in pregnancy. You may hear this referred to as gestational breast cancer or pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC).
The good news is when you compare pregnant and non-pregnant women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, survival rates are similar. In fact, studies show there is no difference in 10-year survival rates between the two groups of women.