Younger Women and Breast Cancer

Although the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of sixty, a significant number of women in their 40's, 30's and even 20's, are diagnosed each year. Young adults with breast cancer face unique challenges physically, socially and emotionally based on their life stage.

In 1998, a group of young women all diagnosed before the age of 40 met in NYC and ultimately formed the Young Survival Coalition. To Life! partners with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) to support younger women dealing with breast cancer. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still in treatment or are several years out, there are many ways to connect with the YSC community. 

YSC Face2Face Meetup Support Group

For more information email: or call To Life! at 518-439-5975.

Funding for the support group program was made possible in part by Susan G. Komen Foundation, the NYS Department of Health, the Michaelson Family Foundation and other private contributors. The views expressed by facilitators do not necessarily reflect the views of our contributors or the official policies of the State of NY. 

To view all support services provided by To Life! please click here.

Here are some additional resources young adults affected by breast cancer may find helpful:

Breast Cancer In Young Women

Are Women Younger than 40 At Risk for Breast Cancer?

Family Planning

Fertility and Family Planning

Fertility Preservation Safe for Young Women with Breast Cancer

Pregnancy is Safe After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Study Shows

Having a Young Family

Resources for Young Families

Talking with Children About Breast Cancer

Talking to Older Children and Teens

Talking To Your Kids About Breast Cancer - A Parents Guide

What it's like to have breast cancer and as a young mother

What Life is Like When You Have Breast Cancer -- And Kids

Intimacy, Self Image and Your Personal Relationships

Body Image and Intimacy

Intimate Relationships and Breast Cancer

You and Your Partner

You and Your Career

Breast Cancer and Your Job

Legal & Financial Considerations - Know Your Rights

Managing Your Health Insurance

Taking Time Off

Telling Your Boss and Co-Workers