For around 35,000 women and men living with secondary breast cancer, there is currently no ‘cure’.  

People living with secondary breast cancer face fear, anxiety and uncertainty every day. Every year, thousands still die from breast cancer in the UK. But they are here right now, living life. And they want to be seen, heard and understood. 

We’re demanding change so that everyone with secondary breast cancer can live well for as long as possible. 

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At Breast Cancer Now, we know that many people with incurable secondary breast cancer experience delays in diagnosis, struggle to access the support of a specialist nurse and fear they won’t be able to access the treatment they need in the future.  

This can’t go on.  

That’s why we’ve launched our Unsurvivors campaign, which highlights that 11,500 people still die from breast cancer every year in the UK and demands urgent change so that everyone with secondary breast cancer can live well for as long as possible.

We need to address the misconception that everyone survives breast cancer, or that all breast cancers are survivable, which has stalled progress on secondary breast cancer for too many years. 

We won’t stop until things change. 

We asked over 2,000 people with secondary breast cancer about their experiences. Here's what they told us.


23% had to see their GP three or more times before they were diagnosed.

One in six

One in six said they didn’t feel confident they would have access to the most appropriate drug treatments in the future.

A quarter

A quarter said they had not seen a Clinical Nurse Specialist since diagnosis.

Until we're seen. Until we're heard. Until we're known. Until things change.

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Any questions?

Find out more information about our campaign by reading our Q&As.

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Jo Myatt
My world collapsed when I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. While we are here and breathing, it is not too late to make an impact and influence change.

Jo, diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2016

Urgent change is needed

These women need you to join us and help ensure the right support, treatment and care is available - right now.