2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the only international conference dedicated to the critical issues of young breast cancer survivors and those who care about them. Nearly 1,000 young breast cancer survivors, caregivers and medical professionals from around the world are expected to attend the 10th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, to be held Feb. 26- Feb. 28 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. This 3-day event is a joint effort by Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition.
One in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer is younger than 45 when diagnosed, yet their emotional and medical concerns are different than those of women over age 45, as is the impact of their diagnosis on family, friends, partners, colleagues and children. Fertility concerns and the possibility of treatment-induced early menopause are just two examples of the issues young women face.
“Over its 10-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,” Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, chief executive officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, said in a press release. “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 10 years, but the ultimate battle remains to be won – eradicating breast cancer,” Marcia Stein, chief executive officer of Young Survival Coalition, said.