October 13, 2018: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

WHEREAS,  thousands of families across Michigan are affected by metastatic breast cancer. Much of the talk around breast cancer focuses on early detection and routine diagnosis, where we have seen tremendous progress in the last 30 years; and,

WHEREAS, the story for advanced disease is quite different. Metastatic breast cancer patients continue to face many unique challenges, such as the emotional and physical demands of continual treatment; and,

WHEREAS, currently no cure exists for metastatic breast cancer and many of those with metastatic breast cancer will continue treatment with the goal of extending the best quality life possible; and,

WHEREAS, one in eight women in the U.S. could be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes. In Michigan, it is expected that 8,730 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018; and,

WHEREAS, in the U.S., it’s estimated that over 154,000 women have metastatic breast cancer.  This devastating stage of breast cancer occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, including the bones, lungs, liver and brain; and,

WHEREAS, in 2018, it is estimated that more than 1,400 women in Michigan will die of breast cancer, nearly all due to metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer cuts short the lives of too many people in Michigan, leaving a lasting effect on their families; and,

WHEREAS, while there have been treatment advances in metastatic breast cancer, many of those advances have benefitted a subset of patients with specific types of metastatic breast cancer. While metastatic breast cancer remains incurable, there is reason to be hopeful. Extensive research efforts are underway to address this high unmet need; and,

WHEREAS, https://ClinicalTrials.gov is a searchable database which provides patients, family members and the public with information about current ongoing clinical research studies; and,

WHEREAS, there is still more research to be done for metastatic breast cancer so that new and more effective treatments can be developed. Michigan will continue to push for critical research and advanced treatments for metastatic breast cancer; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 13, 2018 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.