Then I read about one small nonprofit that funds research solely devoted to B Ca mets: METAVivor Research and Spport Inc, where I read about a 2004 study by Fortune Magazine which "found that METASTASIS RESEARCH RECEIVES ONLY ABOUT 1% OF THE $5 BILLION ANNUAL NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE FUNDING. Metastatic breast cancer research receives even less."
Here are some statistics from their web site:
* In 2008, 40,930 Americans, including 450 men, died of metastatic breast cancer. (American Cancer Society – 2008 Statistics) Worldwide, roughly 465,000 die annually of the disease (2008 Global Survey by Pfizer Oncology).
* There has been no reduction in the number of annual deaths from breast cancer since the late 1980s (Cancer World article by Marc Beishon).
* Five-year survival is generally said to be 27% and 10-year survival roughly 10% (Silent Voices, an LBBC publication).
* 2-3% are considered "cured" of the disease. Most of these individuals fall into one of two categories: 1) young people who responded well to their initial BC mets treatment and never again recurred, and 2) persons diagnosed with a single, isolated lesion that was surgically removed and who never again recurred (Journal of Clinical Oncology - 2002).
So if you really want to make a donation to cure breast cancer, and you want to find a cure for people like me who have metastatic breast cancer, please donate to METAVivor, the only USA charity exclusively funding research into B Ca mets.