The Largest Gathering of Young Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in the U.S.

February 14, 2012

"You have breast cancer..." Life-altering words no woman wants to hear—especially before the age of 45. 

New YorkNew YorkFebruary 14, 2012 — Women from around the world who have been diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 45 will call the Big Easy “home” from February 24–26 when they come together for C4YW (formerly the Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer) at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel.  Produced through a partnership between Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and Young Survival Coalition (YSC), C4YW is the only international conference dedicated specifically to the issues faced by young women affected by breast cancer.

C4YW programming provides insight and guidance to help young women address the complex emotional and medical issues they experience after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis under the age of 45.  Now entering its 12th year, the conference continues to deliver important educational tools that provide attendees current and relevant information in easy-to-understand language.  Throughout the conference, women and their supporters interact with experts in research, support and care while surrounded by other women similarly affected by breast cancer. 

Though breast cancer is less common in younger women, there are more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. who were diagnosed under the age of 40 and more than 11,000 more will be diagnosed in the next year1.   Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 442, and their emotional and medical concerns are different than those of women over age 45.

“Young women affected by breast cancer have concerns that are vastly different than those of post-menopausal women,” says Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, Chief Executive Officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  “At C4YW, we empower women with knowledge to help them make informed decisions.”

This diagnosis impacts every facet of their young lives. Issues stem from keeping up in the workplace or school schedules, dealing with more aggressive cancers, fertility preservation, concern in intimate relationships, treatment-induced early menopause, living decades with the effects of treatment and fear of recurrence—these are just a few ways a younger woman's breast cancer experience can be different then their older counterparts.

“In addition to providing educational workshops and focusing on presenting the latest medical information concerning young women and breast cancer, C4YW is an amazing opportunity for young women to come together and find joy, support and hope in each other’s stories and strength,” said Jennifer Merschdorf, Chief Executive Officer of Young Survival Coalition. “As a young survivor myself, I am excited to join the nearly 800 expected attendees—many of whom will come to  New Orleans as strangers but leave as lifelong friends.”

This conference is generously supported by lead sponsor Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Other supporters include presenting sponsors Avon Foundation for Women, Eisai Oncology and Genentech BioOncology and title sponsors Amgen Oncology, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine, Celgene and Oakley, Inc.

EDITORS NOTE: For more information about the conference or either of the two partner organizations, please contact Dana Griffin at 646.247.3006 or, or Kevin Gianotto at 484.708.1547 or


About Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)

For twenty years, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has been empowering women to live as long as possible with the best quality of life regardless of educational background, social support or financial means. Founded in 1991, LBBC has been committed to providing national educational programs and services that include an educational website,; a toll-free Survivors’ Helpline, 888.753.LBBC (5222); national conferences; free teleconferences; networking programs; quarterly newsletters; publications for medically underserved women; healthcare-provider trainings; recordings and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center.

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)
Young Survival Coalition, based in New York City with nearly 30 national affiliates, is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC offer resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and to ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information about Young Survival Coalition, visit or call 877.YSC.1011.

1 American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts and Figures, 2007–2008

2 United States Cancer Statistics, 1999–2005 Mortality