October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. On this day, the focus is on spreading awareness about what metastatic breast cancer patients have to face and how they can be helped. Metastatic breast cancer is an advanced stage of breast cancer where the cancer has spread to other organs.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day was approved by the US House of Representatives and Senate in 2009. It began with a group of nine patients and their families who travelled to Washington to demonstrate and picket for this cause, and they were successful in raising awareness.
Unfortunately, there is still no cure for metastatic breast cancer. Therefore, it is important to spread awareness of this issue not only on October 13th, but throughout the year. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day is a time for the public to come together and support metastatic breast cancer patients in their fight.
- In 1927, a West Virginia senator introduced a bill to reward a person who manages to find a cure for cancer.
- In 1993, a law was passed to revive the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- In 2017, the number of cases of breast cancer increased in the United States, with 150 new cases reported.
- In 2018, approximately two million women were diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer among women.
How to take part
On Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, you can get involved by learning more about cancer, volunteering, attending events related to breast cancer, and making donations to organizations that fight cancer. If you know someone who has been affected by metastatic breast cancer, reach out to them to provide support.
When is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day is observed on October 13 each year.