Thursday, October 30, 2014

Komen: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Hearing the diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (also known as advanced or stage IV breast cancer) is enough to make your heart stop.  I can’t even read about it without shivering in fear.  

Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body. In the U.S., only a few women have metastatic disease when they are first diagnosed. More commonly, metastatic breast cancer arises months or years after a woman has completed treatment for stage I, II, or III breast cancer. 

But Komen for the Cure reminds us that even if not currently curable, there is life after a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis:

Although metastatic breast cancer is not currently considered curable, it is treatable. Today, some women live many years with metastatic breast cancer as a long-term chronic condition. And, as treatment for both early-stage and metastatic breast cancer continues to improve, so does survival.

Learn more about the variables related to metastatic breast cancer treatment. 

If you haven’t had a mammogram, get one.  TODAY. 

Don’t wait. 

Women under 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer. 

An early diagnosis is key to survival.

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    Also, if you are under 40 (or have dense breasts in general) insist on an ultrasound. There are types of breast cancer that don’t form lumps and are not picked up by regular mammograms (e.g. lobular carcinoma). These are slow-growing cancers but have often spread by the time they are caught (due to the fact that manual breast exams and mammograms miss them).