WHO: Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, founder and director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute can discuss the diagnosis and treatment options for younger women with breast cancer as well as their unique challenges. WHAT: The announcement by ABC's Amy Robach of her cancer diagnosis is generating public interest in the topic of younger women and cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 5 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under the age of 40 in the United States. Even though breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women relatively little is known about breast cancer in women in their 40s and younger. Young women are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, with more aggressive breast cancer, and therefore often require surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, as well as hormonal therapy. WHY:“A diagnosis of breast cancer is hard to receive at any age but younger women can have unique challenges including issues of fertility, genetics, sexual function, as well as emotional hurdles,” says Partridge. “Delayed diagnosis in young women can be an issue because it is relatively rare for a young woman to develop breast cancer.” Partridge stresses the importance for all women to be aware of the warning signs. "Do not be afraid to go to the doctor if you're concerned about any unusual breast symptoms." HOW: To arrange interviews with Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, please contact Robbin Ray at 617-632-4090 or robbin_ray@dfc.harvard.edu Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has a state-of-the-art in-house studio that is VideoLink-enabled and can broadcast high-definition video directly to newsrooms around the world. We can also videotape the responses to your questions and provide the video for quick download. # # #