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While Canadians are living longer, healthier lives after a breast cancer diagnosis, roughly 30% of early stage breast cancer will return as metastatic breast cancer. 6-10% of Breast cancer is de novo right from the start - meaning it is already in another organ when initially found in the breast. That all means roughly 40% of all breast cancer diagnosis will end up as Stage IV.
Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) is the only type of Breast Cancer that kills.
While a very small percentage of people live many years with Stage IV MBC, the average life expectancy is between 2-3 years and chances of reaching the 5 and 10 year survival rate is only 28% & 8% respectively.
Historically money raised for breast cancer research was directed to early detection and treatment of early stage cancer - with only 3-5% being directed to diagnosis, treatments and improving the quality of life for stage IV patients.
The Canadian Cancer Society has been directing more money to MBC research and treatments. In 2018 roughly 1/3 of their total funding was spent on metastatic research, more specifically to the Metastatic Futures Fund.
I was diagnosed denovo (from the beginning) as a Stage 4 mBC patient! I am in that precarious grey zone on a statistical timeline; it's been 3.5 years of living with mBC.
I have created a Metastatic Breast Cancer team: TJW YNWA where all money raised will go directly to Metastatic Futures Fund.
Every donation will make a difference!
Thank you to family & friends who continue to walk alongside me and have provided immeasureable support xo
PS - TJW YNWA = You Never Walk Alone
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