Young Survival Coalition - Young Women United Against Breast Cancer

August 1, 2001

Young Survival Coalition - Young Women United Against Breast Cancer

New York, NY - (August 1, 2001)

Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women 20-39, and the leading cause of death in women 35-40. One in every 250 women between the ages of 25-30 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Young Survival Coalition is the only national organization whose focus is on the issues surrounding breast cancer in women 40 and younger, including higher mortality rates, fertility issues, early menopause and the lack of research studies on pre-menopausal women with breast cancer.

Founded in 1998 when three female breast cancer survivors, all under the age of 35, met in New York City to discuss their needs, the organization has developed a website (www.youngsurvival.org), attended breast cancer advocacy conferences, lobbied on Capitol Hill, spoken at universities, colleges and health fairs and begun an OBGYN campaign to raise awareness among physicians and surgeons that young women can and do get breast cancer.

Today, the Young Survival Coalition is a nationwide group of more than 350 volunteers and breast cancer advocates. According to Cindy Rubin, President of the Young Survival Coalition, "We have been overwhelmed by the interest the media, the breast cancer community and young women with breast cancer have shown in the Young Survival Coalition. Clearly the many needs of young women with breast cancer are not being met right now and the Young Survival Coalition is working to change that."

Advocating to increase the number of research studies for young women with breast cancer, educate young women about the importance of early detection and self-breast examination, and be a point of contact for young women with breast cancer the Young Survival Coalition is changing the face of breast cancer.

For more information on the Young Survival Coalition, visit their website at www.youngsurvival.org.