Sunday, October 13, 2013
Metastatic Breast Cancer Day
MBC doesn't get much attention, but it should! Just thought you should know that this is where we truly need funding and research dollars to go to! No pink overlays here, this sh*t's for real! Read below - you'll be stunned at the reality of MBC.
(This post is dedicated to Lisa Bonchek Adams, Jody Schoger, and the many others out there with MBC- so many - too many! Please also add your name, or another person's name in the comments section below to honor their integrity and crusade against MBC!)
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: bones,
liver, lungs 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. 20% to 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
9. Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast
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 with metastatic breast cancer
and their caregivers, visit www. mbcn.org