Let's know about Breast cancer

It's estimated that more than 720 people die from breast cancer each year in Wisconsin, a grim number that comes up during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For some patients diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer — there's a wait to access healthcare and disability payments.

"Stage 4, it's with you forever at that point," Emily Carriveau said. Carriveau has metastatic, or stage 4, breast cancer.

"It was the end of July 2016, I found a lump in my neck and so I went in, and I already kind of had a bad feeling about it," Cariveau said.

She previously survived a stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, later giving birth to twins. Three years later, and her boys now toddlers, Carriveau said her stage 4 diagnosis was terrifying.

"I remember the night before my PET scan, just looking at my sons and just being so afraid that like, what if it didn't work," Carriveau said.

This is why the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition wants to see the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act become law.

"People with metastatic breast cancer, it's terminal, so you're going to die of it," said Linda Hansen with the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.

"2014 to 2018. There were 4,780 new cases of breast cancer diagnosis in Wisconsin," said Lindsey O'Connor, President of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition.

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