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:
• 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.