I stay away from reading statistics about MBC. Why? Here is why:
-someone is only counted as stage 4 if they began as stage 4. I was initially diagnosed stage 2. 16 months later they found metastasis but I’m still technically classed as stage 2 in statistics.
-this technicality makes stage 2 cure rates (which are based on 5 year survival) look better. And of course impacts stage 4 stats.
If you read stage 4 stats, it will usually say that there are 199,000 living w MBC. But I realized if the number was that low that there wouldn’t be all these commercials and pharmaceutical adds to promote meds. Figure-it would mean about 150k we’re living with Hr+ MBC. I have an autoimmune disease of my liver which impacts 180k people and I’ve never once seen a commercial for the new meds that exist.
Survival rates: again impacted by who is counted. Many new meds. Today’s 5 year states are based on data started in 2012.
Then...hospitals know but don’t post their success rates for each cancer. Cancer centers can promote they are #1 but it could be for all cancers, 1 specific like lung, cervical, etc. a cancer center could have a 95% stage 2 success rate but what is their stage 4?
Just some thoughts I wanted to share. Either way, I feel obligated to increase awareness on MBC. And pink ribbons don’t bother me, I like them. They help to start the conversation.