WITH MY MOTHER’S (AND MY WIFE’S) CANCERS, AT LEAST THEIR DOCTORS WERE REALISTIC, NOT ILLUSIONARY! (WIFE IS A 27 YEAR SURVIVOR OF ENDOMETRIAL CANCER)
Remember a few days ago when I talked about SEER and how those of us with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) aren’t counted correctly? Well, that lack of accuracy affects a lot more than just knowing how many people are living with MBC, it also affects how we know the risk of those who have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer to progress to Stage IV.
As it currently stands, we know that only 8-10% of those of us with MBC are diagnosed de novo, meaning from the beginning. The remainder of the estimated 155,000 men and women in the US living with MBC have had early stage disease that progressed to Stage IV. Based on the statistics and what we know, approximately 30% of men and women who are diagnosed with early stage disease will progress to Stage IV.
That’s an overall statistic, NOT the individual risk of…
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