Medical professionals and breast cancer survivors to attend 10th international conference in Georgia

October 16, 2015

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are uniquely impacted by issues often not faced by older women. Breast cancer is often detected at later stages, increasing diagnoses of more advanced cancers. The impact of cancer treatment on fertility, body image, financial challenges, and slightly higher mortality rates are significant concerns for this population. Because most psychosocial and medical resources are designed for women over 50, young women diagnosed with breast cancer often feel isolated and alone.

"Over its ten-year history, the conference is recognized as the only gathering of its kind bringing together young women, caregivers and medical experts from around the world," said Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, chief executive officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. "This year marks the 10th anniversary of successfully connecting young women diagnosed with breast cancer so they know they are not alone."

"There have been many advances in the treatment of young women diagnosed with breast cancer in the last ten years, but the ultimate battle remains to be won - eradicating breast cancer," said Marcia Stein, chief executive officer of Young Survival Coalition. "We remain focused on providing resources, connections and outreach to help women feel empowered, supported and hopeful."

This conference is generously supported by lead sponsor Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Other supporters include title sponsors Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech Bio Oncology, and The Breast Cancer Fund of The National Philanthropic Trust; presenting sponsors Abraxis Oncology, Amoena, Novartis Oncology, Oakley, Inc., and Pfizer Oncology; benefactors Amazon Heart, AstraZeneca, Genomic Health, Lilly USA, LLC, Myriad, and Pure Romance; supporting sponsor The Paula A. Seidman Fund; and friend sponsors BJNB Foundation and Jackie Allen.

Source: Living Beyond Breast Cancer