Young Survival Coalition Commends Vigilance Of Singer Anastacia And Her Doctor in Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis

January 22, 2003

Young Survival Coalition Commends Vigilance Of Singer Anastacia And Her Doctor in Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis

New York, NY - (January 22, 2003)

Group reaches out to 29 year old after breast cancer diagnosis

Today the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the only international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer, commended 29 year old American pop singer, Anastacia Kirkland and her medical team for their vigilance in arriving at a breast cancer diagnosis for the young singer.

According to UK daily newspaper, The Sun, Anastacia was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer just a few days ago and will undergo surgery to remove a cancerous lump in her breast. She may also face several rounds of chemotherapy. Also according to The Sun, Anastacia stated that her physician insisted she have a mammogram to check for the disease, "even though it was not required" for a young woman of her young age. She remarked that his actions may have saved her life.

"We commend Anastacia's doctor, who insisted on sending her for further tests. Too often, young women are told that they are 'too young for breast cancer' leading to delayed, later stage diagnoses," said Randi Rosenberg, President of the YSC. "Unlike older women, young women like Anastacia diagnosed with breast cancer struggle with higher mortality rates, fertility issues, chemotherapy induced menopause and psychosocial issues regarding dating, families and motherhood," Rosenberg added. "The fact that physicians and young women are partnering together and realizing that young women CAN and DO get breast cancer, makes all our efforts worthwhile."

Anastacia is currently in rehearsals in New York and is filming a video for her latest single, "Love Is a Crime," featured on the soundtrack of the film "Chicago." In May 2002, she performed on "VH1 Divas Las Vegas," at the MGM Grand. Anastacia, who was born in Chicago and grew up in New York, got her start as a dancer on "Club MTV." Her albums include "Not That Kind" and "Freak of Nature."

"We have sent Anastacia a letter, offering our guidance and support, along with a copy of Fighting for Our Future, the first-ever guidebook for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Our best wishes go out to her as she faces surgery and possibly chemotherapy to treat her disease. We encourage her - and all young women surviving breast cancer, to join the Young Survival Coalition and work with us in our efforts to bring about awareness of the unique challenges of this disease in young women," said Rosenberg.

Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in women 40 and under, and to serve as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer. To schedule an interview with a representative from the YSC, please contact Jeannine Salamone at (703) 924-6244 or publicrelations@youngsurvival.org.

Dear Anastacia,

On behalf of all of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and its members, I wanted to personally extend my message of encouragement to you, and offer our organizations' resources to help you through the challenging times ahead.

Today, I learned of your breast cancer diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and I sincerely wish you all the best as you face the battle ahead of you. To be diagnosed at such a young age is truly a difficult thing as I can well attest to. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 and am a 5 year survivor. As someone who has lived through breast cancer, I can tell you that you have a rough road ahead of you, but you will come out on the other side a stronger person. To live out your diagnosis and upcoming surgery and treatments in the public arena adds yet another layer of complexity to an already difficult and distressing situation, but as I've read in the media the past couple of days, you are a fighter and you will fight this disease with everything you've got.

It is our hope that you will take advantage of all of the resources that the YSC has created to help fill the very large void of information specific to experiencing breast cancer as a young woman. To get you started, I have enclosed a copy of our new book, Fighting For Our Future. It is the only guidebook written specifically to help young women navigate their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. I hope you will find it helpful, along with our website, www.youngsurvival.org.

You are not alone in this fight. The YSC is the only international non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer - and our worldwide membership of over 2500 includes other young survivors, supporters, caregivers and medical professionals. You can show your support of the work we are doing to help further an understanding of breast cancer in young women. To register, simply log on to our website and fill out a membership form.

Please take some time to look through our site. Log onto our bulletin boards and meet young women from all over the world who are living with and surviving breast cancer; these boards serve as a support system for many of our members.

My sincere hope is that through the YSC you will find the resources you need to get you through the battle ahead. Your notoriety in the world of pop music can have such an impact on the lives of young women around the world, and if you'd like at some point to establish a connection with the YSC and use your experience to help us achieve our mission, we welcome your support.

Anastacia, my thoughts are with you. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time with any questions.

Best of health,

Randi Rosenberg
President
Young Survival Coalition
(212) 206-6610
president@youngsurvival.org