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6 Things Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer Want You to Know

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage 4 breast cancer, is a form of cancer that spreads beyond the breasts to other parts of the body, which typically include the lungs, liver, bones, or brain.

There have been nearly 300,000 new cases of breast cancer in women in the United States this year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) estimates. Around 5 percent of people are initially diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, while 30 percent of breast cancer cases eventually metastasize, according to METAvivor.

While metastatic breast cancer is considered incurable, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are treatments available that can help with certain symptoms, while helping those diagnosed with the disease to live as long as they can. That’s something Heather Tucker, 29, wishes she knew when she was first diagnosed.

“Being metastatic, to me, was scary only at first, when I was reading all the misconceptions and click bait — that it’s ‘the scariest,’ it’s ‘the most extreme and severe cancer,’ ‘there is no cure.’” Tucker says. “And I guess those things are true, but that is no reason to be afraid. My oncologist and my radiation oncologist have always had hope for me. And I’ve had success in treatment, just like any other cancer, metastatic or not.”

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