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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. 

Young Women's Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2015 Young Advocate Program

Our Young Women's Initiative is now accepting applications for the September 2015 Young Advocate Program.

Up in the Air Over Treatment: DeAnna Chenoweth

Living in a small town can make it hard for young women to find appropriate treatment. One woman, a single mom with a full-time job, had to take a long road to find the right care. 

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.

    April 2015 Ask the Expert: Getting Good Breast Cancer Care as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans Person

    Everyone deserves quality health care. But as an LGBT person with breast cancer, you may feel that there aren’t enough resources out there just for you. You may feel unsure about coming out to your providers or talking about the disease with a partner.

    This April, Living Beyond Breast Cancer expert Katherine Campbell, PhD, LCSW, answered your questions about whether and how to come out to your care team; your breast cancer risk as an LGBT person; and fertility, dating with a history of breast cancer, and talking to a partner about breast cancer.