Turn Your Passion into Action: Advocacy
Young women have powerful voices. Advocacy helps us get through our breast cancer experiences, stand up for all young women and gain a feeling of control over our own healthcare. Friends, caregivers and supporters often advocate in tribute to those they love.
Starting To Speak Up
Advocacy begins when you ask your healthcare team important questions, empowering yourself to make better decisions for your health and treatment. A strong knowledge base can make your voice even more effective; you can bolster your advocacy by reading research papers. This also helps you learn about the evidence for the best standard of care for you.
At some point though, a true advocate realizes that to really help solve a problem, you need to ask questions that call for complex answers. You might voice some important questions that no one has yet asked and no researchers, clinicians or other stakeholders have yet answered.
Many women make the transition from personal advocate to advocacy on behalf of all young women. True breast cancer advocates must embrace the notion that cancer is not just about our individual stories. Simple solutions do not exist. Real advocacy means asking how we can end cancer for all people.
Advocacy also means challenging the status quo. Making simple, canned statements like “early detection saves lives” fails to do so. Advocacy means demanding we move beyond the current state of affairs and improve the quantity and quality of life for young women affected by breast cancer.
Help YSC Make a Difference
YSC has staked out a powerful role as the voice for all young women affected by breast cancer. Over time, we have developed effective position statements to give voice to the needs of our constituents and demand more from cancer care. We work to raise awareness and make improvements on issues of unique importance to young women, including breast-self exams and MRIs.
In collaboration with other leaders in the breast cancer community, YSC created a Joint Statement on the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act of 2009 (H.R. 1740, S. 994).
More Advocacy Tools
You have a lot to offer to breast cancer advocacy. You bring a powerful voice, valuable skills and your individual passion to the breast cancer experience. Don’t feel you need to have faced a breast cancer diagnosis or come from a science-based education to make a difference. You can choose to engage in many types of advocacy that suit your skills, goals and experience.
Support the work of an organization in which you believe. Turn your passion into action to help improve the lives of everyone affected by breast cancer.