YSC ALERT: Third Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer

January 15, 2003

YSC ALERT: Third Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer

New York, NY - (January 15, 2003)

WHO: Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Young Survival Coalition

WHAT: 3rd Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer
"Living Well Today for the Promise of Tomorrow"
WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2003, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., reception, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn?s Landing

WHY: To explore issues of interest to the more than 250,000 women under age 45 living with breast cancer and to provide education, support and hope to their family, friends and health care providers

PROGRAM: During the morning plenary session, ?Breaking News: An Update on New Research and Treatment Options for Young Women with Breast Cancer,? Kathy D. Miller, MD, will discuss medical breakthroughs and the psychosocial issues unique to young women affected by breast cancer. Melissa A. Forsythe, PhD, RN, from the Department of Defense will review the government?s commitment to funding breast cancer research specific to young women. The conference will also feature 14 workshop sessions on breast reconstruction, fertility and pregnancy, complementary treatments, genetic testing and family risk assessment, clinical trials, intimacy and sexuality, hormonal treatments, advocacy, coping with anxiety and depression, managing early menopause, post-treatment issues, and advanced breast cancer

PLENARY SPEAKERS: Kathy D. Miller, MD, breast cancer specialist, Clarion Health, and assistant professor of medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; Melissa A. Forsythe, PhD, RN, colonel, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, and deputy director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

COST: $45 includes breakfast, lunch, and post-conference networking reception

REGISTER: Fill out the online registration form at Living Beyond Breast Cancer?s web site, www.lbbc.org, or call Living Beyond Breast Cancer at (610) 645-4567. More information is available at www.lbbc.org or the web site of the Young Survival Coalition, www.youngsurvival.org
Living Beyond Breast Cancer, based outside Philadelphia, was founded in 1991 with the mission of empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Since 1996 LBBC has offered an education program specifically for young women, the Young Survivors Network. LBBC?s other programs include large-scale conferences; teleconferences; a quarterly newsletter; the toll-free Survivors? Helpline (888) 753-5222; a website, www.lbbc.org; Project Connect, a community outreach program; and workshops for health care providers.

The Young Survival Coalition, based in New York, is the only international network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer. 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.