02212019CM0074SPRINGFIELD – A resolution sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) recognizing October 13, 2019 as “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day” in Illinois was adopted by the Senate this week. 

Metastatic breast cancer, also called Stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It occurs when the cancer has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body, most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain.

“Despite the significant advancements in cancer treatment, metastatic breast cancer unfortunately remains incurable,” Bennett said. “It cuts short the lives of too many people in Illinois and leaves long-lasting effects on families. It’s important to shed light on the personal and social burdens of metastatic breast cancer, the needs of the patient and the promising research efforts in the development of more effective treatments.”

More than one in eight women in the U.S. could be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. In Illinois, it is expected that 11,560 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019.

 

“One day is not enough but it’s a start for year-round awareness of this disease and why it’s important to all of us,” Bennett said.

 
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