Twisted Pink is a volunteer driven organization with a mission to cure breast cancer by funding metastatic breast cancer research while exposing the hidden statistics about the disease.
Hidden Statistics of Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC):
- Around 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop MBC.
- MBC can occur 5, 10, or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.
- Approximately, 6 to 10% of new breast cancer cases are initially diagnosed as Stage IV or metastatic.
- Around 85% of breast cancers are not caused by family history.
- About 155,000 people — women and men — are living with MBC in the United States.
- MBC affects young women and men. Men do get breast cancer, and they are often misdiagnosed initially. They represent about 1% of the new cases of breast cancer and 1% of the deaths from MBC.
- The median survival after a MBC diagnosis is 3 years, up from 18 months in 1970.
- About 37 percent of women live at least 3 years after diagnosis with MBC.
- Some women may live 10 or more years beyond diagnosis.
- Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
- MBC is the leading cause of cancer death in women under 50 years of age.