Virtual conference

Virtual conference brings together young breast cancer survivors

New York, NY, March 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a global non-profit organization that supports the youth breast cancer community, will host the YSC Summit: Digitally Yours, a conference virtual event designed exclusively for the young breast cancer community, March 25-27, 2022. More than 1,500 young adults affected by breast cancer representing 30 countries have already registered to gather online for this free event.

“As the country begins to emerge from the pandemic, many young adults are still struggling with feelings of isolation as the youngest person they know with breast cancer. The YSC Summit is an essential lifeline for these young survivors, and it was imperative that we create a virtual conference that could bring them together,” said Jennifer Merschdorf, CEO of YSC.

“The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on a young adult’s physical and mental health is profound. Many juggle budding careers, young children, family planning and financial worries, all while coping with their diagnosis. This year, the SJC Summit will provide tools to improve self-care, manage anxiety, and address their unique medical concerns and daily responsibilities,” said Megan McCann, Director of Community Education at SJC.

Highlights from this year include:

  • Workshops on intimacy and desire
  • Sessions on early menopause, fertility and family planning
  • Learning opportunities for parents of young children through treatment
  • Actively participate in care plans after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer
  • Opinion Leaders and Medical Experts in the Young Adult Breast Cancer Experience
  • A new full day of programming dedicated to developing tools for self-care and cultivating a sense of peace in these tumultuous times.

Registration for the YSC: Digitally Yours Summit is free and open to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday, their caregiver support networks, and healthcare providers who support this population. To register and view full conference details, please visit https://summit.youngsurvival.org/.

The YSC: Digitally Yours Summit is generously supported by Genentech, Lilly Oncology, Merck, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Natrelle, Pfizer, Seagen, Exact Sciences, Gilead Oncology, Outcomes4Me, Third Marble Marketing and Resensation.


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About the Young Survival Coalition (YSC)®

Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is a global non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to young adults age 40 and under diagnosed with breast cancer and their co-survivor support networks.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in men and women between the ages of 15 and 39, with approximately 13,000 new cases diagnosed in this age group each year. Compared to older women, younger women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates while remaining underrepresented in research studies. Breast cancer is also the most common form of cancer in women who are pregnant or have just given birth. YSC brings young survivors together to face these challenges in a community of empowerment and support. Through educational resources and programs, annual conferences, and local and online support networks, YSC ensures that no young adult faces breast cancer alone.

For more information, visit youngsurvival.org.