Tackling Issues Young Women Face after a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
18-Feb-2010 10:30 AM EST
Newswise — Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are uniquely impacted by issues often not faced by older women. Breast cancer is often detected at later stages, increasing diagnoses of more advanced cancers. The impact of cancer treatment on fertility, body image, financial challenges, and slightly higher mortality rates are significant concerns for this population. Because most psychosocial and medical resources are designed for women over 50, young women diagnosed with breast cancer often feel isolated and alone.
The 10th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer is the only international conference dedicated to the critical issues of young breast cancer survivors and those who care about them. Nearly 1,000 young breast cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals from around the world are expected to attend the Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 26-Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.
The Conference will feature more than 25 workshops to address the concerns of young women affected by breast cancer. Some of the topics include:• Surviving and Thriving Through the Years: The Medical Impact of Breast Cancer on Your Health• Fertility and Pregnancy: Knowing Your Options• Your New Normal: Navigating Your Emotions• Understanding Your Pathology Report• A Closer Look: Triple Negative Breast Cancer• Taking Control: Managing End-of-Life Issues• After the Media Blitz: Turning What You Hear Into News You Can Use• Understanding Personalized Medicine and Genome Research• Breast Reconstruction: You Have Options• Money Matters: Managing the Financial Impact of Breast Cancer• Let’s Talk About Sex: Tips, Tools, and Beyond!• Clinical Trials for Young Women: What You Need to Know• Body Image: Breaking Through the Mirror• Getting Through Treatment: One Side Effect at a Time• Workplace Rights• Advanced Breast Cancer: Treatment and Research News
To learn more about the Conference and for a complete list of workshops, visit www.youngsurvivorsconference.org.
About Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)Living Beyond Breast Cancer, based outside Philadelphia, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include: conferences; teleconferences; the toll-free Survivors’ Helpline (888-753-5222); a website, lbbc.org; free quarterly newsletters; publications for African-American and Latina women; recordings; networking programs for young survivors and women of color; healthcare-provider trainings; and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center. For more information about Living Beyond Breast Cancer, visit lbbc.org or call (610) 645-4567.
About The Young Survival Coalition (YSC)The Young Survival Coalition, based in New York with 26 national affiliates, is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC offer resources, connections, and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and to ensure that no women diagnosed under 40 faces breast cancer alone. For more information about the Young Survival Coalition, visit youngsurvival.org or call (877) YSC-1011.