"Mrs. Edwards’s doctor said at the news conference that she had metastatic, or Stage 4, breast cancer, meaning that it is in an advanced stage that has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes, in her case to the bone.
According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, only 26.1 percent of patients with Stage 4 breast cancer live five years or more, but those figures are by nature outdated and do not reflect recent medical advances."Edwards has already done a lot to raise awareness of breast cancer. Now her fight will be even more high profile. Edwards by the way, thus far has the most coherent Health Care plan of the campaign.