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Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.

In 1998, a group of young women, all diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40, gathered in New York City and had the first YSC meeting. They had all personally experienced that young adults were missing from the research, community and conversations about breast cancer. More than twenty years later, these needs still define YSC’s work.

Unlike their older counterparts - who are overwhelmingly integrated into the design of clinical trials - young adults diagnosed with breast cancer face higher mortality rates, fertility issues and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause.

Young adults diagnosed with breast cancer face issues that may significantly impact their quality and length of life. These issues are often amplified for those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and include:

  • Aggressive forms of cancer - Young adults are generally diagnosed with more aggressive forms of breast cancer with higher fatality rates.
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  • Lack of research - As the incidence of young adults with breast cancer is much lower than in older women, young women are often underrepresented in research studies.
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  • Financial challenges - Breast cancer can dramatically impact a young adult’s financial stability due to workplace issues, lack of sufficient health insurance and the cost of cancer care.
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  • Body image - It is challenging for some to embrace their new body after breast cancer-related surgery and/or side effects of medically induced menopause.

 

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