Breast cancer is a disease that affects 13% of all women during their lifetimes. Of this group, 6% will be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. As of 2021, there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, but there are treatment plans available.
Metastatic breast cancer occurs when cancerous cells travel outside of the breast into other essential organs, such as the liver, bone, or brain. Breast cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream and form tumors. This is known as Stage 4 cancer. Treatment plans can include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation therapy.
Observing Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day is a reminder to ask questions. Educate your friends, families, and yourself on this disease.
Find a trustworthy charity to donate to. Advances in research are possible, but they need support and attention to make big changes!
Be kind to each other and spread love! If someone you know is suffering from breast cancer, give them a call. Let them know that you love and support them.
Self-Examination at Home
You can do a quick evaluation at home to check yourself for breast cancer. It is important to know if something feels off or different. Starting with the outside of the breast, press your fingers into the tissue and feel for any abnormalities. Take a thorough look in the mirror to check for any swelling or discoloration. Lastly, keep calm. In fact, 80% of lumps in the breast are non-cancerous, or benign. If you do find anything suspicious, be sure to contact your doctor right away for a thorough evaluation.
Schedule a cancer risk assessment
Assessing your genetic risk can be very useful. Roughly 5 – 10 % of women with breast cancer have a hereditary form of breast cancer. If your family history suggests that you may have a higher genetic risk, genetic testing can help you make informed decisions.
Request a risk assessment appointment online.