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Supporting young women with breast cancer

BCNA News 29 Mar 2018

Supporting young women with breast cancer

This year around 850 women under the age of 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

For these young women, breast cancer can bring some specific and difficult challenges, including issues relating to fertility and having a baby after cancer treatment, managing a young family through treatment, dating after breast cancer, managing side effects of early menopause and financial concerns.

In June this year, BCNA is conducting a young women’s think tank to discuss how we can better support young women with breast cancer. We are looking for a young woman (under 40) from each state and territory to join us in Melbourne for the think tank and help with our planning. BCNA will cover your travel costs to attend. If you are interested and believe you could contribute to the discussion, please email policy@bcna.org.au with your name, state/territory, and a couple of paragraphs on the impact your breast cancer diagnosis has had on you. Please provide this by April 27.

The think tank will also help us to develop the program for a young women’s conference BCNA is holding in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October this year. The conference will bring young women together to hear from breast cancer experts across a range of fields. Please mark this date in your diary if you are interested in attending. BCNA will live stream key presentations from the conference to accommodate those who cannot attend in person. More information will be provided via email and on our website closer to the time.

If you are a young woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can find information to support you on our website at bcna.org.au.