It is ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ and by working with the Les Girls Cabaret I have learned some terrifying statistics about breast cancer. Not only is early detection vital, but can truly save lives. Encouraging women to get their breast exams could change hundreds of thousands of lives.
13 Facts About Breast Cancer
- No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. Metastasis occurs when cancerous cells travel to a vital organ and that is what threatens life.
- Metastasis refers to the spread of cancer to different parts of the body, typically the bones, liver, lungs and brain.
- An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.(also called Stage IV breast cancer) Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
- Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong and focuses on control of the disease and quality of life.
- About 6% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis.
- Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms.
- 20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer.
- Young people, as well as men, can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
- Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.
- Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent of metastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors.
- Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of their disease, some will live for many years.
- There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease is unique.
- To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers
This a October, wonderful choreographer, Lee Martino, asked me to be in her production of the eighteenth annual “Les Girls” cabaret at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. All of the proceeds raised supported the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. We danced with top entertainers who performed songs, dancing, jokes, skits and heartfelt testimonials about the potential of eradicating this terrible disease by supporting NBCC’s valuable work. It was a lot of fun and work and we were also dancing with celebrities like Samantha Harris, Garrett Clayton, Julia Louis, Lea Thompson and more. It was such a night to remember!
xoxo, This is a picture of my fellow castmates!