April 4, 2017
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UNC Lineberger breast cancer physicians and researchers spoke Monday at the N.C. Executive Mansion at a luncheon held to mark the declaration of April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper.
Cooper declared April as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month in North Carolina to bring attention to this second-leading cause of cancer death among women, according to a news release from the governor's office. First Lady Kristin Cooper read the proclamation during the luncheon, which was hosted by the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association to honor metastatic breast cancer patients.
“We’re shining a light on metastatic breast cancer to raise awareness for those living with the disease, and to encourage continued advances in research and treatment,” Cooper said in a statement.
Metastatic breast cancer, which is incurable but treatable, occurs when cancer has spread beyond the breast to other organs.
Researchers from UNC Lineberger and the Duke Cancer Institute were involved in panel discussions during the event, as well as a metastatic breast cancer patient and a representative of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, administrative clinical director at the UNC Lineberger and president of the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association, said raising awareness about the disease will lead to greater support.
“Our goal is to expand the conversation about metastatic breast cancer,” she said in a statement. “North Carolinians with this disease are facing treatment for the rest of their lives, all while potentially still working, caring for their families and engaging with their communities. While I am hopeful that we will one day have a cure, we want to empower our patients and create an environment in which they and their families feel supported.”