Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

A reminder – October 13 is National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

October 13 is the ONE day of the WHOLE Breast Cancer Awareness Month that calls attention to those who have died (40,000 annually) and the 150,000 LIVING with this incurable disease in the US.

Here are some important facts from:…/

13 Facts Everyone Should Know about Metastatic Breast Cancer

(click HERE to download a flyer you can print and distribute)

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 long and productive lives.

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


13 thoughts on “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

  1. Philippa, this is an excellent list of facts. Thank you for sharing them with the world. I am saddened that only one day is devoted to metastatic breast cancer. People with mets are often shoved aside in favor of the feel-good stories that October brings. Well-done!

  2. Thank you Beth – these facts are all straight from the MBCN website mentioned above. I plan to share some more points in the next few days about MBC. As you say, one day is not enough so I am going to have another one!!

  3. I think because it’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, that I will go all day without having stage IV breast cancer. It’s been 15 years since my diagnosis at age 45 of breast cancer going to my bones. It’s time I had a day off.
    I wrote a blog post asking breast cancer researchers if they are building stairways to nowhere. If you have time, check it out.

    Kudos for your wonderful post.
    — Sandi

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