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Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer is when breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones, liver, lungs or brain. Around 11, 600 women die from secondary breast cancer each year. It can be treated and people can live with the disease for a number of years, but it is incurable.
We know that far too many women with secondary breast cancer aren't getting adequate care and support when they need it most.
Our recent campaign discovered that many Hospital Trusts aren’t recording when people are diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. This means there is no accurate figure of the number of people diagnosed or living with secondary breast cancer, and this can make it more difficult for Hospital Trusts to plan services.
We found that only one third of Hospital Trusts are collecting data as they should be.
Download our Who’s Counting? report. Find out why hospitals aren’t recording data properly and what needs to be done to make sure everybody diagnosed with secondary breast cancer is counted.
This report is the second in a series looking at what it's like to live with secondary breast cancer.
Download part one: Diagnosis