In December 2014, I had a bilateral mastectomy for DCIS (Stage 0). In April of 2016 (16 months later), the cancer had spread to my bones. After genetic testing and being positive for BRCA2, my ovaries and tubes were removed and tested positive for cancer cells.
I was originally diagnosed in February of 2011 at age 40: stage 3b IDC, bilateral mastectomy. Chemo, radiation, two reconstructions. Ah, it was over. Then, I went for a check up in May and had to go for a biopsy. Yup, stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. My world crumbled.
Thirty percent of women with stage 0, 1, or 2 breast cancer will go on to develop stage 4 metastatic cancer, where it leaves the breast and goes elsewhere: liver, brain, lungs, bone, etc. These women depend on research for longevity of life.
20% TO 30% OF PEOPLE INITIALLY DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE DISEASE WILL DEVELOP METASTATIC BREAST CANCER