The following are websites that focus on young women with breast cancer:
Shocking Pink (New Zealand)
Shocking Pink is on a mission to support young women through their journey with breast cancer, and out the other side with information, support and resources.
Breast Cancer in City/Country (Australia)
Colleen Thompson a breast cancer survivor and Lea Marshall a breast cancer nurse at St John of God Hospital in Ballarat, decided to form Breast Cancer in City and Country (BICC) in 2004 after realising that there were very few resources available specifically for young women who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer or who were in the initial stages of treatment.
The group primarily aims to support young women by addressing specific issues that affect a younger demographic. These topics include:
- Early menopause
- Body image
- Breast reconstruction
- Genetic issues and concerns
- Younger families
- The diagnosis – initial response/s
- Family and partner relationships
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) – Young People Facing Breast Cancer Together
Young Survival Coalition is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.
YSC helps young women stand strong against the many unique challenges our population faces. Unlike post-menopausal women with breast cancer, we must deal with higher mortality rates, fertility issues and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause.
In YSC’s network of young women, however, those challenges can look more like opportunities to accomplish shared goals. YSC works with its members to:
- Advocate for more studies about young women and breast cancer;
- Educate young women about the importance of breast self-awareness and knowledge; and
- Serve as a community of support for young women with breast cancer.
Through it all, YSC helps women find meaning, comfort and hope during one of the most challenging experiences of their lives.
Young Adult Cancer Canada
YACC is a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity. Someone has been where you are: there are profiles, articles and links to great resources about dealing with cancer as a young adult.
Web MD – Breast Cancer in Young Women
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. You can trust that our content is timely and credible. Web MD provides resources and information on young women and breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Network NZ – Young Women with Breast Cancer
BCN launched this page in 2010 in acknowledgement of the special needs of young New Zealand women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Because only a few young women get breast cancer it can be a lonely experience. It’s difficult to find someone about the same age who has ’been through it’ or shared a similar experience, and doesn’t mind talking about it.
Breast Cancer Care UK – Younger Women with Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Care UK highlights a selection of expert information, free services and publications that are specifically relevant to younger people with breast cancer. Breast cancer is not common in younger women. Because of this, being diagnosed at a young age can sometimes be a very isolating experience. For instance, you will be less likely to meet other women in a similar situation when attending clinic appointments. It can also mean making choices about your future far sooner than you may have expected. Our online community, One-to-One Support Service and Younger Women’s Forums are great ways to meet women of a similar age, in a similar situation, with whom you can share experiences, fears and hopes.
Younger women with breast cancer is a booklet looks specifically at the different issues, feelings and experiences you may have as a younger woman diagnosed with breast cancer. You may also find it useful to read our booklet Breast cancer and you: diagnosis, treatment and the future which looks at emotional issues for people with a breast cancer diagnosis at any age
Breast Cancer and Fertility
BCAC NZ have an excellent resource on their website in detailed information on breast cancer and fertility.