Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed life-threatening cancer in women and the leading cause of cancer death among women. Only about 6% of patients with breast cancer are diagnosed with metastatic spread at presentation, but nearly 30% of patients will develop metastases after diagnosis and primary tumor treatment. The NCCN guidelines recommend biopsy at diagnosis of stage IV metastatic disease or with recurrence of metastatic disease to confirm diagnosis and tumor histology as well as to identify biomarkers that inform treatment decisions. Early breast cancers may be asymptomatic, and pain and discomfort are typically not present. The symptoms of metastatic breast cancer vary depending on the location of the cancer.
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Cite this: Elwyn C. Cabebe, Winston W. Tan. Fast Five Quiz: Metastatic Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms - Medscape - Dec 15, 2021.