Want to know about secondary breast cancer?

When breast cancer spreads from the breast or armpit to other areas of the body, it’s called secondary breast cancer.

It can also be called metastatic breast cancer or advanced breast cancer. There is currently no cure for secondary breast cancer, but it can often be controlled through treatment.

This section looks at what secondary breast cancer is, how common the disease is and the symptoms to look out for.

What is secondary breast cancer?

When breast cancer spreads from the breast or armpit to other areas of the body, it is called secondary breast cancer. It can also be called metastatic breast cancer and advanced breast cancer.

How common is secondary breast cancer?

It’s estimated that there are 35,000 people in the UK living with secondary breast cancer.

What are the symptoms of secondary breast cancer?

The symptoms of secondary breast cancer vary depending on where in your body the tumours are.

How is secondary breast cancer diagnosed?

Read about how imaging and biopsies are used to diagnose secondary breast cancer.