Facts about young women and breast cancer, as well as a listing of resources.
Young women and breast cancer
- 11,000 women under age 40 are diagnosed each year
- Women under 40 are only 6 percent of the overall breast cancer population.
- Women have approximately a 1 in 1,800 risk of developing breast cancer in their 20s and a 1 in 230 risk in their 30s.
- Breast cancers make up 26 percent of all cancers affecting women ages 15 to 39.
Source: American Cancer Society
Resources for young women
- Young Survival Coalition, 877-YSC-1011 or youngsurvival.org
- Facing Cancer Together, 617-607-9444 or facing-cancer.org
- Young Women with Cancer Networking Group, fourth Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 430 Walnut St., Newtonville.
- Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 617-632-3916 or dana-farber.org/pat/adult/breastcancer/program-for-young-women-with-breast-cancer
- “No Way, It Can’t Be!,” a guidebook for young adults facing cancer, published by The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 888-393-383 or ulmancancerfund.org.
- 10th Annual Young Survivors Conference, February 26-28, 2010, Atlanta, youngsurvivorsconference.org.