Friends and Guests,
I wanted to follow-up with my interview, as there was so much more I wanted to say but I forgot or ran out of time. Oh and yes that is my real hair ;)
First off, cancer doesn't discriminate based on age, race, education or family history. Everyone is at risk- but lets face it....we're all dying anyway. I had no family history and was perfectly healthy prior to my diagnosis.
When I said stage IV is the only one that kills, I was trying to suggest that stage IV needs more attention and research focus. Even when breast cancer is caught early (stages I-III), and women are "cured", 20% will become metastatic down the road. No one is cured until they die of something else. There are few advocates for metastatic disease because WE KEEP DYING! We need to spread the word that early detection does NOT mean cured- and although research on metastatic disease is complicated and costly- it is an area that needs more attention.
All cancers are different and some metastasize early and rapidly others are slow and lazy- everyone responds differently to cancer therapies AND absolutely NO ONE fights any harder than anyone else. Rather they had a different type of cancer that responded to their particular therapy.
Mammograms can work- but aggressive cancer can grow from nothing into something under 1 year too. It is my opinion that mammograms catch a more lazy and treatable form of cancer.
Here is the link to my interview: