We have some data points, some pieces of information that help us understand the whole picture of who is diagnosed with breast cancer and when. When a biopsy comes back positive for malignant breast cancer, that information is reported to various databases, depending on your location in the world. The next data point is typically when that same person has died and, depending on what is recorded on the death certificate, that death may be attributed to cancer or not.
So what happens in between those data points?
Progression from early stage disease to Stage IV.
This progression and how many people progress is often something that comes as a surprise to those who believe they are cured, that the treatment they received for early stage disease was successful. It is hard for people who felt breast cancer was in their past to then deal with it directly again.
Knowing your risk to be diagnosed in the beginning and then the risk of progression to Stage IV is so key to manage that risk and ensure proper surveillance. Knowledge is truly power.
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