October 13, 2017: Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

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

WHEREAS, breast cancer can spread quickly and inexplicably, regardless of the treatment or preventative measures taken. More than one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes.   Specifically in Michigan, it is expected that 8,160 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. 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, the median survival after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer is approximately three years.  Survival times vary greatly from person to person, and some research indicates that up to 40% of women will survive 5 years after such a diagnosis and possibly longer.  Metastatic breast cancer frequently involves trying multiple treatments and the patient usually fluctuates in and out of remission; and,

WHEREAS, while there have been treatment advances in metastatic breast cancer, many of those advances have benefitted only a small subset of patients with specific types of metastatic breast cancer. While metastatic breast cancer remains incurable, there is reason to be hopeful; and,

WHEREAS, additional focus is needed on the needs and burdens of metastatic breast cancer patients as well as promising research efforts in the development of more effective treatments; and,

WHEREAS, there is still more research to be done for metastatic breast cancer so that new and more effective treatments can be developed;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 13, 2017 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Michigan.