Every day is a fight for secondary breast cancer.
Awareness of secondary breast cancer (also know as metastatic, advanced or stage IV breast cancer), as a disease, is very low. But on average 1,000 die from it every month.
There is no cure, it’s often misdiagnosed, men can get it and the focus of funding and research is primary breast cancer.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have brought together women with secondary breast cancer to show and hear what it means to have the disease. How they feel bound by their diagnosis: from not being aware of the symptoms; enduring treatments and getting access to trials; from continually explaining what SBC is and the challenge of finding support and information; and by not being heard.
We’ll talk about the lack of awareness of the different signs and symptoms and have information to support awareness and education. We’ll also be sharing blogs and videos from family, researchers, nurses and doctors about the affects of Secondary Breast Cancer and more about the research projects we’re funding.
Help us to be seen, heard and make change!
When people talk about breast cancer, we need them to talk about primary and secondary breast cancer.
Everyday help us to share, talk about, post, fundraise, support, make change, fight and #shoutaboutsecondaries!
Everyday we need to fight together to Make 2nds Count #not2ndbest.
Two-fifths of UK population are unaware of the condition killing 1,000 women and men every month .
A YouGov poll, to coincide with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, commissioned by Make 2nds Count, shows 38% of those questioned say they don’t know what secondary breast cancer is.
Furthermore, 21% are aware of this form of cancer, but oblivious of any signs or symptoms indicating the spread of the incurable disease.
We desperately need people to be aware of this forgotten form of breast cancer. We need to change the narrative, raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this disease and in turn save lives.
We talked to Fiona Semple, Senior Post Doctoral Fellow, to find out more about the pioneering research project Make 2nds Count is funding with the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. Tell us about your role at the University of Edinburgh’s Breast Cancer Translational Research Group?