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SXSW 2019

De-Coding Breast Cancer in Young Adults

Young women make up seven percent of breast cancer diagnoses in the United States each year, and they are a population often “caught in the middle.” Diagnosed before their 40th birthday, they cannot fully relate to older adult patients who look like their parents or even grandparents.
In the prime of their lives, they are dealing with emotional trauma, like isolation amongst healthy peers and confronting a sudden loss of youth and immortality.
Organizations like Young Survival Coalition embrace a 360 degree view of education and support, which encompasses virtual and in-person learning and innovative ways to connect. Our survivor panelists will discuss their own experiences, these models of education and support and the importance of advocacy and inclusion for the young adult population.

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  1. Increase understanding of the unique issues of young adults affected by breast cancer and, thus, decrease stigma and isolation for those diagnosed
  2. Provide models of innovation, technology and survivor-centered support for those in attendance to learn from and apply in their own experiences
  3. Create opportunities for those in attendance to engage young people in their own healthcare and embrace personal activism



Megan McCann, Director, National Programs, Young Survival Coalition

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health & MedTech
  • Level: Beginner
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