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Everyone is talking about breast cancer. So why aren’t they talking about the 41,000 of us who die of breast cancer? We are asking that too! As persons with the disease, we are coming together to bring to light the untold realities that the current breast cancer movement is ignoring.
THE PINK RIBBON DOESN’T REPRESENT US. WHY?
The Pink Ribbon Movement continues to focus on prevention, early detection and the stories of non-recurred survivors. It scarcely mentions the existence or extent of the metastatic breast cancer community. The ignored reality? Of those diagnosed with breast cancer, 30% will metastasize and almost all of those will die. The reality is just about as far from rosy pink as it gets. Read the stats the pink movement never mentions.
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?
100% of those dying of breast cancer die of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Yet, of the millions raised for breast cancer research in the US, only about 2% goes toward advanced breast cancer! It’s high time this reality was heard above the pink hurrahs. It is time for 30% of breast cancer funding to be devoted to the 30% of us who are dying of MBC. Learn more about our 30% for 30% Campaign.
NOT A SURVIVOR ... A META-VIVOR.
“Survivor” is not a term that truly represents us. We won’t survive. There is no cure or treatment that will give us our lives back. We all have our own preference for what we call ourselves. At METAvivor, we chose "metavivor" to indicate that yes, we are indeed alive, but we are living with a metastasis. We live in a whole different world and that world is not rosy pink.
Our reality is that an estimated 73,000 - 86,000 are joining our ranks every year and close to 41,000 are dying in that same time frame. Our reality is that the median survival for our disease is two-to-three years and no one has been able to slow this down. Our reality is movingly protrayed in In Memoriam, where we celebrate the lives of many wonderful people taken from us far too soon by this disease.
Green and Teal
Were chosen to signify metastasis.
Represents the triumph of spring over winter and thus symbolizes Renewal, Hope, and Immortality.
Symbolizes Healing and Spirituality.
Identifies the original of the metastasis as breast cancer.