‘Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer quickly would have saved me four and a half months of pain, suffering, and anxiety. I was constantly worrying about what was wrong with me.’

Aliya

Spot the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer earlier

In Breast Cancer Now’s 2019 UK survey of people living with incurable secondary (metastatic) breast cancer, we asked 2,000 people about their experiences.

Nearly one in four (24%) respondents who had previously been treated for breast cancer had to visit their GP three or more times with symptoms before being diagnosed with the return and spread of the disease.

That’s why we are helping patients and healthcare professionals know the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer.

A prompt diagnosis means that people can begin treatment and access supportive care as quickly as possible. Timely access to treatment and care can relieve symptoms and have a dramatic impact on quality of life.

Signs and symptoms of recurrence and secondary breast cancer

Signs and symptoms of recurrence and secondary breast cancer

Learn more about signs and symptoms of recurrence and secondary breast cancer.

Find out more

Information for you

Changes to be aware of after primary breast cancer leaflet

Download our ‘Changes to be aware of after primary breast cancer’ leaflet

‘After primary breast cancer treatment: what now?’ booklet

Download our ‘After primary breast cancer treatment: what now?’ booklet

 ‘We’re always with you’ poster

Download our ‘We’re always with you’ poster

‘Moving forward’ after primary breast cancer pack

Joy has been living with secondary since 2011. Read her story.

Finding support

Living with Secondary Breast Cancer

Secondary breast cancer is full of uncertainties. But you can count on Living with Secondary Breast Cancer to be there for you, no matter what.  

Younger Women with Secondaries Together

Meet other women who understand and get tailored support in a safe, welcoming space through Younger Women with Secondaries Together.

Support for you

The Forum

Visit our welcoming community of people just like you, offering emotional and practical support.

Contact the nurses

Contact our nurses

If you have a particular concern about breast cancer or just want to talk, our specialist nurses and trained staff are here for you.