The number of patients who develop metastasis or Stage IV breast cancer is unknown. That’s because the federal cancer surveillance program collects data on the stage at initial diagnosis, but not on recurrences or progression.
About 5 percent of initial breast cancer diagnoses are Stage IV, or metastatic, the data show. But the percentage of early-stage patients who later develop metastatic disease – 20 percent to 30 percent – is an estimate.
An estimated 150,000 to 250,000 people in the U.S. are now living – scan to scan, and therapy to therapy – with terminal breast cancer.
Fighting to tame metastatic breast cancer.
Read the article HERE.
Metastatic Mom’s take on Pinktober HERE