Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is cancer
that originated in the breast but has spread to other parts of the body, such
as liver, lung, bones and brain. MBC is the cause 40,000 deaths every year in
New York, NY – October 14, 2014 – On National Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Awareness Day, October 13, the MBC
Alliance revealed the results of their Landscape Report, Changing the Landscape for People Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer.
The MBC Alliance, representing 29 cancer organizations, releases the report on
its one-year anniversary after a comprehensive year-long analysis of current
MBC research and patient needs, as well as information and services.
While MBC claims the lives of 40,000 women and men in America every
year and 20-30% of those diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to
develop recurrent, metastatic disease, awareness remains low and only 7.1% of
breast cancer research investments over the last dozen years were focused on
MBC. Changing the Landscape analyzed
224 clinical trials, 2281 funded research grants, 7900 MBC patient responses to
surveys and 175 literature articles on quality of life and epidemiological
“Changing the Landscape is
the most comprehensive analysis on MBC research, information and services of its
kind and the results highlight that we need to do better for those living with
MBC,” stated Marc Hurlbert, PhD, Executive Director, Avon Foundation for Women.
“We’re hopeful this report provides a roadmap for how members of our MBC
Alliance and other organizations can band together to better serve people
living with MBC and identify ways to accelerate research to develop new
Key findings of the Changing the
Landscape report include:
The full landscape report can be found at http://www.mbcalliance.org/.