Mensch Measure Recognizing October 13 as “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day” Adopted by Senate

Harrisburg – A resolution sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) recognizing October 13, 2018 as “Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania was adopted by the Senate this week.

Metastatic breast cancer, also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is not a specific type of breast cancer, but rather the most advanced stage of breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain).

“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,” Mensch said. “Unfortunately, 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.”

Currently, no cure exists for metastatic breast cancer and those with metastatic breast cancer will continue treatment indefinitely with the goal of extending the best quality life possible. More than one in eight women in the U.S. could be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. In Pennsylvania, it is expected that 12,140 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.

“Metastatic breast cancer cuts short the lives of too many people in Pennsylvania leaving a lasting effect on their families. It is important that we recognize the need for an additional focus on the personal and social burdens of metastatic breast cancer, the needs of the patient, and promising research efforts in the development of more effective treatments,” Mensch said.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormensch, or Twitter @SenatorMensch

Contact: Mark Fetzko mfetzko@pasen.gov (717) 787-3110