2017 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day


WHEREAS, metastatic breast cancer is when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, including the bones, lungs, liver, and brain; and

WHEREAS, metastatic breast cancer can affect any age, race, or socioeconomic class; and

WHEREAS, more than 150,000 women have metastatic breast cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that more than 1,060 women in Virginia will die of breast cancer in 2017; and

WHEREAS, currently, no cure exists for metastatic breast cancer, and those with metastatic breast cancer will continue treatment indefinitely with the goal of extending the best quality life possible; and

WHEREAS, metastatic breast cancer patients continue to face many unique challenges, such as the emotional and physical demands of continual treatment; and

WHEREAS, while there have been advancements in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, many of those advancements have benefitted a small subset of patients with specific types of metastatic breast cancer; and

WHEREAS, additional focus on the needs of the patient and the personal, economic, and social burdens of metastatic breast cancer is needed to be able to assist those affected; and

WHEREAS, www.ClinicalTrials.gov is a searchable database that provides patients, family members, and the public with information about current, ongoing clinical research studies; and 

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia encourages the continued research of metastatic breast cancer in an effort to discover new and more effective treatments that can assist with this terrible disease; and

WHEREAS, on this day, we ask the citizens of Virginia to become informed and aware of metastatic breast cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 13, 2017, as METASTATIC BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.