Metastatic Breast Cancer
Metastatic breast cancer claimed the life of our namesake – Susan G. Komen – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977 and died three years later at the young age of 36.
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also referred to as stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body, most often to the bones, lungs, liver or brain. The majority of the 42,000 expected breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are caused by complications of MBC and it’s estimated that more than 154,000 women are currently living with this disease.
For those diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, there is about at 20% risk that the breast cancer will reoccur as MBC. This risk varies from person to person and depends greatly on the biology of the tumor, stage at the time of original diagnosis and how the cancer was treated. MBC can arise months or years after a person has completed treatment for early or locally advanced breast cancer, Stage I, II or III.
Signs & Symptoms of MBC
Newly Diagnosed with MBC
If you’re newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, SGK is here to support you with information that will help you make informed decisions about your care. If you have questions and want to speak to someone, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).