Metastatic Breast Cancer
- MBC is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body such as to the bones, liver, brain, or lungs.
- An estimated 155,000 people in the United States are living with MBC.
- One in 3 women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will go on to eventually be diagnosed with MBC.
- Approximately 6-10% of new breast cancer cases are stage IV, or metastatic, from initial diagnosis, sometimes called “de novo” metastatic disease (de novo means “from the beginning”).
- MBC accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
- Only 7% of the funds raised for breast cancer research go to MBC research.
MBC is the only type of breast cancer that people die from, and they still die in alarming numbers. Most people are stunned to find out that about 40,000 still die annually. A person with MBC will always be in and out of treatment. There is no cure. Each person responds uniquely to treatments, so there are no definitive prognostic statistics. A person can live for many years with MBC. So when people ask, “How long have you been in remission?” Because you don’t “look” like a cancer patient. It’s hard to explain you will live the rest of your life in treatment. It is not easy dealing with the biggest obstacle of my life and have very few understand it or see it.
MBC needs to be at the forefront of research and funding. But it also needs to be discussed more. Education about the disease and how to help MBC warriors needs attention. 1 day out of the year that it sees credible attention, will not bring enough awareness. So I am doing my part to help educate and start the conversation.
Please share this message and the next time you would like to donate to a group that puts MBC funding towards research check out Metavivors where 100% goes toward MBC and Susan G komen of New England where 40% currently is being used to fund MBC reasearch.