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Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC works with survivors, caregivers and the medical, research, advocacy and legislative communities to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under.
Please contact us whether you are recently diagnosed, in treatment, a survivor or wish to volunteer! YSC Philadelphia is committed to reducing the sense of isolation felt by young women with breast cancer by building a strong community of young survivors in the local area. We serve as a point of contact for newly diagnosed women, provide peer support through informal meetings, distribute educational information for the recently diagnosed within the medical community, host educational programs for survivors and embrace the goal of educating the community on the reality of breast cancer in young women.
We currently have seven peer support meetings held every month in various locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. These include:
Warminster: Gilda's Club Delaware Valley
Meetings held the first Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m.
Childcare is provided at this meeting with advance notice.
Directions to Gilda's Club.
Sellersville: Grand View Hospital
Meetings held the first Monday of every month, at 7:00 p.m..
Directions to Grand View Hospital.
Paoli: Paoli Hospital
Meetings held the second Monday of every month., at 6:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center, which is located behind the hospital. Go in the main entrance, follow the road to the left which goes around all of the medical office buildings. Make a right at MOB#3 and park in the spaces marked "parking for Cardiology and Cancer Center patients only."
Directions to Paoli Hospital.
Center City Philadelphia: Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia
Meetings held the first Monday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. Directions to Cancer Support Community.
Voorhees, NJ: Cooper Cancer Institute
Meetings held the third Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. and are located in the RIPA Center for Women's Health and Wellness at Cooper.
Directions to the Cooper Center.
Princeton, NJ: Breast Cancer Resource Center/YWCA
Meetings held the fourth Wednesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m.located in the Bramwell House Living Room at the Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA Princeton.
Support Group for Stage IV Young Women: Philadelphia, PA
Meetings held the second Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. This group is just for young women diagnosed with metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer. Group led by facilitator Eileen Joseph, MSW, LCSW.
The organization was founded by three young breast cancer survivors in 1998. All under the age of 35 at diagnosis, they were discouraged by the lack of information and resources available to young women, and concerned about the under-representation of young women in breast cancer studies.
Unlike their post-menopausal counterparts, young women diagnosed with breast cancer face higher mortality rates, fertility issues and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause. The YSC seeks to change the face of breast cancer by: advocating to increase the number of studies about young women and breast cancer; educating young women about the importance of breast self-examination and early detection; and being a point of contact for other young women with breast cancer.
"Young women don't get breast cancer' is a refrain we hear frequently," says Randi Rosenberg, past president of the YSC. "Yet, here we are, right in front of the medical and research communities representing the global voice of all young women living with breast cancer. If they begin studying breast cancer in young women, they may unlock the key to why all women are diagnosed with this deadly disease."
Today, the YSC is a growing international group of thousands of survivors and supporters. Embracing the motto, "Action, Advocacy, Awareness," members attend conferences; lobby federal and state legislators; speak at universities, colleges, and health fairs; and run an annual awareness campaign targeted at the medical community - encouraging doctors and researchers to focus more resources on this underserved segment of the population. The YSC also strives to educate and support young women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The Young Survival Coalition is based in New York City and has 27 affliates throughout the United States.
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