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Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Women’s Initiative provides resources tailored to meet the specific needs of those diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45.  We know that your psychosocial and medical concerns are different than those of women diagnosed over age 45, and we are dedicated to providing you with age-appropriate information and resources specific to your needs. 

Through the Young Women’s Initiative, LBBC offers unique webinars, Twitter Chats, conference sessions, publications and advocacy trainings tailored to young women. Read the latest breast cancer research on young women, young women’s profiles and watch videos about health topics relevant to young women. Use the navigation bar on the left to quickly and easily access topics of interest to you and information about the YWI programs.

YWI hosts a  closed Facebook group for young women affected by breast cancer. You can use this group to connect with other young women affected by breast cancer, share resources and receive peer support.

The Young Women’s Initiative began in 2011 and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

LBBC Accepting Applications for June 2015 Young Advocate Program

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Our Young Women’s Initiative is now accepting applications for the June 2015 Young Advocate Program.

Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Meghan Malley

After she was told she had dense breasts and that her breast pain was nothing serious, a young woman from Michigan pushes to have her concerns investigated. When she receives a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, she decides to take action to help others like herself.

Learn About Breast Cancer and Young Women

In this section, get basic and in-depth information about breast cancer in young women that will help you make sound choices and live well after a breast cancer diagnosis.

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    UC Denver Young Breast Cancer Survivors Study

    Kellie Martens of The University of Colorado, Denver is recruiting participants for an online study exploring the factors that influence post-treatment quality of life in young women affected by breast cancer.

    Study Exploring Uncertainty and Daily Spiritual Experiences After Breast Cancer

    A study designed to learn more about uncertainty, perceived threat, stress, positive appraisal and daily spiritual experiences in women with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer is actively recruiting.

    March 2015 Ask the Expert: Managing Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects

    Most, if not all, cancer treatments have some kind of side effect. And, living with metastatic breast cancer means being in treatment long-term. Managing the side effects of the treatments you need is an important part of living well with metastatic disease.

    This March, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, NPC, AOCN answers your questions about what side effects you may experience, how to handle them, what to do if a side effect becomes too much and what your healthcare team can do to help.