Health notes: Ignorance on breast cancer found
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Health notes: Ignorance on breast cancer found

October 8, 2014

Source: Duluth News Tribune

Minnesotans have little understanding about the deadliest form of breast cancer.

So says the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, drawing its conclusion from a survey of 205 Minnesotans.

Minnesotans know “little to nothing” about metastatic breast cancer, according to the survey conducted by Kelton Global. Metastatic breast cancer occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body and affects as many as 250,000 Americans, according to a news release written for the Cancer Action Network.

Survey results were released in time for breast cancer awareness month, which is October.

Among other data, the survey found that 77 percent of Minnesotans believe advanced breast cancer is curable. But according to the Cancer Action Network, the median survival rate for metastatic breast cancer is three years.

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