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Mayor's Office Declares October 13 as First Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day for New York City
Date:10/10/2007

To Be Announced at Event Dedicated to Women in New York City Living with

Metastatic Breast Cancer

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) today announced that October 13, 2007, has been designated the first Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be held in conjunction with the MBCN's Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference targeted to women in New York City living with MBC.

According to the New York State Cancer registry, last year, about 1,195 women died from breast cancer in New York City alone. Breast cancer deaths are largely attributed to metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Nationwide, it is estimated that there are 150,000 women living with MBC in the U.S.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference will be held in conjunction with NYU Cancer Institute and is supported by the Young Survival Coalition. Conference subjects will include an update on treatments, including the role of surgery and radiation in the management of MBC.

"It is important to recognize this significant, yet underserved patient population and to provide the support, information and resources they need. Because of patients' fears and the possibility of MBC, many don't understand their risk of recurrence, which strikes some 30 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer," said Deborah Axelrod, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine and a Conference speaker. "Organizations like MBCN and events like Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference will go a long way towards putting a public face on the woman with metastatic breast cancer, help ease the fears of all women who face the possibility of recurrence, and, most importantly, inform these patients that they have more options than ever before to manage their disease. We hope the women of New York City wit
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