Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

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Everyone is AWARE of breast cancer.

NOT everyone is aware of Metastatic Breast Cancer.

The difference.  Women DO NOT die of breast cancer in the breast.

They die when the breast cancer has spread (metastasized) like mine to other organs in the body.

(the primary cancer is still the same – breast cancer)

So the bigger question is, if this is true, why are you not more aware of what actually needs the funding and research.

It’s easy to slap a pink ribbon on everything.

But the pink ribbon is not my ribbon.  This is:

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Are you aware of this ribbon?  Why is this ribbon not slapped on every NFL players uniform?

So today, I ask that you watch the following video and read the 13 facts everyone should know about Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Because breast cancer “awareness” is more than a pink ribbon.

13 Facts Everyone Should Know 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 the bones, liver, lungs and 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 lifelong 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 people, 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 their disease, some will live for many years.

12. There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease is unique.

13. To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers, visit http://www.mbcn.org.

Now what can you do this month to share your new knowledge of awareness?

Thanks for reading,

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One thought on “Today is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

  1. Thank you dear friend, for continuing to educate myself and others on such important facts. Media hype can be so deceiving and sucks people right in. Knowledge is power, so I will share this with everyone I know. I’m just sorry your knowledge comes as a result of personal experience. Love you. 💚

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