Most people know October is recognised as Breast Cancer Awareness Month but today, 13th October, is also Metastatic Breast Cancer Day. This day is an opportunity to acknowledge and raise awareness about the hundreds of New Zealanders living with metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer, also known as advanced, Stage 4 or secondary breast cancer, is a cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. At this point, the cancer is incurable.

Each year, more than 3000 women in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer, and around 400 women face a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.

Today, BCAC acknowledges and sends love to all New Zealanders living with advanced breast cancer.  We also want to highlight the need for world-class treatment and care to ensure longer, better lives. While advanced breast cancer cannot be cured, it can often be controlled, sometimes for many years, with the right treatments and medicines.

For more information about metastatic breast cancer visit our website at this link.

If you have metastatic breast cancer, join Metavivors NZ online community for peer support, information and friendship. For wonderful, practical support and wrap around services join Sweet Louise.

Metavivors NZ -  - this is a private Facebook group for anyone diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Send your request to join via the Facebook page or email


13 October 2021

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