According to The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network here are 13 Facts About Metastatic Breast Cancer:
1. No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. Metastasis occurs when cancerous cells travel to a vital organ and that is what threatens life.
2. Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically. bones, liver, lungs and/or brain.
3. An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
4. Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is life-long and focuses on control of the disease and quality of life.
5. About 6% to 10% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.
6. Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.
7. Around 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer.
8. Young persons, as well as men can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
9. Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.
10. Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent of metastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors.
11. Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of the disease, some will live long, productive lives.
12. There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease are unique.
13. To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day and access resources specifically for people living
- Metaststatic Breast Cancer-30% for 30%-Metavivor (a4bc.wordpress.com)
- The Public needs to know the truth about Breast Cancer (a4bc.wordpress.com)
- Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (ireport.cnn.com)
- Has Breast Cancer Awareness Month Lost Its Focus? (mediabistro.com)