This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are proud to launch our Shine a Light campaign again.
Once again, on secondary breast cancer awareness day (13th October) we will be lighting up iconic UK landmarks in the radiant colours of Make 2nds Count. This awe-inspiring visual spectacle symbolises hope and resilience for all those affected by secondary breast cancer.
We will also be sharing the incredible images and stories of secondary patients from our community, shot by the very talented photographer Jennifer Willis. These striking photos showcase two sides of the same story, both the visible and not-so-visible experiences of people living with secondary breast cancer.
Why does all this matter so much? There are an estimated 61,000 people in the UK living with secondary breast cancer, yet it often remains in the shadows.
Through our recent 100-strong patient survey we discovered that many patients struggled with easily finding information and support following their diagnosis, and all too often the additional side effects of treatment and their impact on quality of life were not regularly discussed. With your help, we want to change this.
Together, we can make a positive impact on the lives of those who need it most.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Patient Survey
A huge proportion (88%) said they felt there were not enough secondary breast cancer support networks for loved ones readily available
The vast majority (95%) said there is a need for more informed support to help patients and their families deal with the repercussions of such a life-changing diagnosis
Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) of respondents revealed that the side effects of treatment had an even greater impact on their quality of life than they had expected
Almost two-thirds (62%) did not find it easy to access information and support
Make 2nds Count is a UK-wide patient and family focussed charity dedicated to giving hope to women and men living with secondary breast cancer.
Research into secondary breast cancer is underfunded. Make 2nds Count’s mission is to fund secondary breast cancer research which contributes to advancing an increased quality of life for patients.
Our Support programme has a focus on quality of life and helping patients affected by this incurable disease by informing, sharing and offering practical advice & support.
Education is an integral part in everything that we do and we aim to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer through effective marketing and education programmes across the UK. We also empower patients through increasing their knowledge and understanding of research, treatments and options.
You can support our vital work by:
Signs & Symptoms of Secondary Breast Cancer
Secondary breast cancer, also known as metastatic, advanced or stage IV breast cancer, is a cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body. Parts of the body affected are usually the bones, liver, lungs, brain or the skin.
Secondary breast cancer can be treated but it cannot be cured. Treatments aim to control and slow down the disease to enable patients to have the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.