Raising Awareness on Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual international health campaign seeks to increase awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research including risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Being the second most common cancer worldwide, breast cancer accounts for approximately 1.67 million of the 14.1 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year.1 Despite improving survival rates, it also remains the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death.
Metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic (Stage 4) breast cancer – meaning the disease has spread from the breast to other parts of the body such as the lungs, liver, bones or brain2 – is difficult to treat and tends to have a significantly worse prognosis than earlier stages of the disease. Women with metastatic breast cancer have a 5-year relative survival rate of about 22 percent. 3 With the progression of the disease, treatment options become increasingly limited and more research to support novel options are needed. With our ADC Franchise, we are making strides to advance our proprietary cancer therapies in order to bring additional treatment options to patients living with advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms of breast tumors vary from person to person. Some common, early warning signs of breast cancer include: a change in the size or shape of the breast, a lump, hard knot, or thickening inside the breast or underarm. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, if you experience any of these symptoms, please visit a doctor or seek professional medical advice.
1 Ferlay J, et al. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0. Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide; IARC CancerBase No.11. 2013.
2 Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. What is Metastatic Breast Cancer? 2017.
3 Sledge, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2014; 32:1-8.