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October 13: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Unless you live under a rock, it's hard to not know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everywhere you go, there is Pink this and Pink that. Even as a person currently getting treated for breast cancer, I think it's a little over the top.

In spite of all that, I do want to raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer and what it's like to be living with it. I don't have metastatic breast cancer right now, but because I have a particularly agressive form of breast cancer (triple negative, high rate, high grade), my chances of getting it are much higher than average.

Metastatic breast cancer is when cancer spreads from the breast to another part of the body. Here are some facts about it:

Key Facts
• October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
• An estimated 155,000 women and men, young and old, are living with metastatic breast cancer in the U.S.
• Metastatic Breast Cancer currently has no cure and treatment is life-long, with patients switching from one drug to the next after each fails to control the cancer.
• Among people diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, 20-30% will go on to develop recurrent, metastatic disease.
• Metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer is the initial diagnosis for 6-10% of all new cases each year in the U.S.
• There are different types of metastatic breast cancer, just like there are different types of early cancers.

This morning, I watched a beautiful moving video of someone living with metastic breast cancer.

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    Good information to know. Thanks for sharing it Kay.

    1621 days ago
    Good information! Thanks for sharing it with us. I think that those whom are going through breast cancer treatment must get tired of seeing so much pink everywhere. emoticon
    1621 days ago
  • MBELL6312
    My mother died just over 2 years ago of breast cancer, which metastasized. She fought the fight with bravery, dignity and humor, and did so for over 7 years. Good luck with your treatment and recovery. I have my ta-ta's mammogramed every year and check monthly.

    Readers, be sure to do your monthly checks! My mom was diagnosed after big studies claimed self checks don't reduce risk. She ignored the news, did her self checks and when she found a lump she got it looked at right away. If she'd waited for her next mammogram, she wouldn't have had the 7 years. xoxo

    1623 days ago
    Thank you for sharing that much needed information.
    1623 days ago
    Thanks for the information. I get my girls checked annually. emoticon
    1623 days ago
    I make a point to schedule a mammogram during the month of October. I am an ovarian/lung cancer survivor fighting for 7 years in remission for my 2nd 3 year term. Best wishes and God Bless you in your fight against Cancer. emoticon
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    1623 days ago
    Thank you for the information. I agree that the pink can be over the top sometimes.

    1623 days ago
    Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this!

    That is a very moving and beautiful video.
    1623 days ago
    Thank you for the information. I am a 4 time cancer survivor one of which was early first stage breast cancer. I have many friends that have had different cancer's & some that are going through cancer again. My prayers are always there for all of us that make it through each day with this disease.

    God Bless


    emoticon emoticon emoticon & Royal blue ribbons stand for colon cancer and colorectal cancer, both of which can also be represented by brown ribbons

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    White ribbons symbolize bone cancer as well as retinal blastoma. A number of social causes, like adoptees, victims of terrorism, violence against women and peace efforts, also use white ribbons.

    Pearl ribbons are used for lung cancer and the diseases emphysema, mesothelioma and multiple sclerosis.

    1623 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/13/2013 10:49:33 AM
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