Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer
Having breast cancer is always hard. Having it before age 45 adds an additional layer of issues. Most women with breast cancer have already had their children, have finished menopause, and may be retired or near the end of their professional career. Younger women have concerns about how cancer will affect their fertility, their family, and their profession.
Younger women can also feel isolated. There may be no other young breast cancer survivors in their community. The Tenth Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer addresses this problem. According to Young Survival Coalition, “There are currently more than 250,000 women living in the United States under age 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2003, more than 11,000 women like you were diagnosed with the disease.”
The Young Survival Coalition and Living Beyond Breast Cancer organize the annual conference with Komen for the Cure as a major sponsor. Meeting this year in Atlanta, Feb. 26-28, 2010, the conference will enable young survivors to learn about the medical issues that affect them and to meet other women like themselves. There will be addresses by leading experts and time for fun.
February 19, 2010 is the last day to register for the conference without a late fee. If you cannot attend, you can listen to some of the presentations from the 2008 and 2009 conferences by downloading them and read transcripts from earlier conferences. If you are a young woman with breast cancer and feeling isolated, look into ways to connect with others like yourself. Writing a sharepost here at HealthCentral can put you in touch with other young women. Check out the Young Survival website at www.youngsurvival.org. Reach out. There are a quarter of a million people in your situation, and they would love to hear your story.