Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases diagnosed per year and half a million deaths annually. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably to form a tumour. While most cases of breast cancer occur in women it does occur in men too, although this is rare (about 1% of cases).
Breast cancer which has spread to other parts of the body is referred to as metastatic breast cancer or advanced breast cancer. Common sites for metastatic breast cancer tumours to grow are the bones, lymph nodes, lungs, and liver, meaning that signs and symptoms of the disease can vary greatly in each patient. Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) comprises inoperable Locally Advanced Breast Cancer (LABC) and Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC). Metastatic breast cancer is also known as stage IV or secondary breast cancer.
Advanced and metastatic breast cancer is currently incurable, but treatable, with a median survival rate of 2-3 years, although variable according to the subtype of ABC
The ABC Global Alliance aim is to improve and extend the lives of women and men living with ABC (including metastatic breast cancer) in all countries worldwide and to fight for a cure.