In 2017, an estimated 26,300 Canadian women would be diagnosed with breast cancer.1 Of those women, about 10% will have an initial diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer (mBC) and 30% who are first diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to develop mBC.2
For women living with mBC, also known as advanced or Stage IV breast cancer, the cancer has spread beyond the breast to other areas of the body, such as the lungs, liver, bones or brain.2 It may happen before or after treatment, or it may develop from reoccurring breast cancer.3 Although there have been advancements in early detection and treatment, there is still no cure.4
The 5-year relative survival of women diagnosed with mBC is 22%.4,5 However, a small but meaningful number of women may live many years after an initial diagnosis of mBC.6
But look beyond the numbers – what do you see? We see moments, great and small and all of them extraordinary. By stepping back, marvelling at the seemingly mundane and cheering the commonplace, we celebrate the women living with mBC and show them they’re not alone.