ABOUT YSC

Our Mission

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.  YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.  With an interactive website and almost 30 affiliates across the United States, it is YSC’s goal that young women with breast cancer know that they are not alone.

YSC was formed in 1998 by three young women with breast cancer.  Today, the YSC community consists of tens of thousands of survivors and supporters seeking to make sure that young survivors have the support and educational resources they so desperately need. As we increase our online presence and expand our affiliate structure, YSC continues to grow our support network, reaching well over 200,000 people every year.

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. 


Programs and Services

YSC’s national and affiliate programs help young breast cancer survivors find meaning, comfort and hope during one of the most challenging periods of their lives.  Knowing that for many women, a diagnosis of breast cancer is a lifelong journey, YSC provides courage through strength, support, community, knowledge and laughter.

YSC Website:   www.youngsurvival.org
The YSC website is the most comprehensive resource in the world for young women affected by breast cancer. When your life is affected by breast cancer, you want to talk to a woman who has been through it herself. Meet thousands of them here.

ResourceLink:   info@youngsurvival.org or 877.YSC.1011
ResourceLink is an e-mail service and toll-free phone line for questions about young women and breast cancer. No two cases of breast cancer are alike. But through shared wisdom and unconditional support, YSC has created a wealth of resources to help young women thrive.

SurvivorLink:
This program connects young women with a trained YSC volunteer who shares a similar diagnosis, similar life experiences or concerns. Matches are made upon request by calling 877.YSC.1011 or e-mailing info@youngsurvival.org.

Adopt A Hospital:
YSC’s Adopt A Hospital program counts on local volunteers to make sure young women with breast cancer—through their healthcare providers, neighbors and friends—get the information and resources they need. Learn more about this impactful program.

Young Perspective Teleconferences:
YSC’s circle of support extends to women right in their own homes.  Our Young Perspective teleconferences, available free of charge to U.S. and international callers, address issues critical to young women affected by breast cancer. Topics include breast cancer genetics, fertility and pregnancy, clinical trials, intimacy and sexuality and advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. Visit our calendar for upcoming teleconferences and archive for transcripts of previous teleconferences and presentations.

Living with Metastatic Cancer:
YSC has developed ongoing programs to reduce the sense of isolation, provide information and address the unique and often “whispered” issues surrounding metastatic breast cancer in young women, a particularly underserved population. Specific aspects of this program include an educational video for young women living with metastatic breast cancer (The Beautiful Eight), a bulletin board heading on our website and bi-monthly support and interactive teleconferences. For more information, visit our Metastatic Programs page or e-mail ywabc@youngsurvival.org.

Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer
An international conference for young breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers hosted by YSC and Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The conference addresses the critical concerns and issues faced by young women affected by breast cancer.  Approximately 1,000 young women affected by breast cancer attend to hear world-renowned healthcare professionals and researchers speak on the medical advances specific to them. To learn more, visit www.youngsurvivorsconference.org.

Educational Materials & Multi-Media
Sometimes, support can come in a bag, box or a booklet.  YSC provides a variety of educational materials, free of charge, to young women affected by breast cancer. Materials can be ordered through the website or by calling 877.YSC.1011.  Some of our premier resources include:
 
ResourceLink Guidebook: This guidebook contains more than 160 pages filled with valuable resources for women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Newly Diagnosed Resource Kit: The newly diagnosed resource kit provides young women with resources and information, including our Treatment Navigator, the only resource specifically designed for young women.

Brochures and Fact Sheets: Check our website for materials on a variety of topics relating to young women and breast cancer.
 
DVDs:  YSC is unstoppably, unshakably and unconditionally devoted to the issues facing young women with breast cancer.  Our visual media materials touch on the subjects of hereditary breast cancer, advanced disease, a new diagnosis and the lives of young women facing breast cancer together.  Order online.