Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program

Young Survivor Education Materials

The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP) develops and distributes educational materials to young women and their families. Contact us for free copies of our materials. PDF files are available to download for some publications. All materials are copyrighted by the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program at Washington University School of Medicine.

  1. YWBCP
    The program’s annual magazine, Together, provides current and relevant information and survivor stories to young women with breast cancer.

First edition: April 2006
Second edition: April 2007
Third edition: April 2008
Fourth edition: February 2010
Seventh edition: April 2014

  1. Young Adult Cancer Resource Guide
    A printable list of resources for cancer patients and their families.
  2. Family History Form
    This document contains a blank form for you to complete your family history and a table to document your family members’ names and medical conditions.
  3. The Woman is Stronger Than the Disease: A Guidance Journal for Young Women With Breast Cancer 
    Young women and their families share their experiences, insight and recommendations as they proceed through and beyond treatment. Last updated in 2011.
  4. Jewish Health: The St. Louis Jewish Community Source for Health News About Breast Cancer 
    Information regarding the connection between family history and breast cancer risk is reviewed. Updated news about hereditary breast cancer for Jewish families is also outlined. Published in 2004.
  5. My Breast Health Scrapbook: A Scrapbook for African-American Women 
    This booklet provides information about the connection between family history and breast cancer risk and encourages women to undergo breast health screening. Published in 2004.
Other Resources

Army of Women
Recruits women of every age and ethnicity to participate in breast cancer research.

Cancer Care
Provides support, education and financial assistance to cancer patients, survivors and their families. Free teleconferences are offered. Details are available on the organization’s website.

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Provides free legal information and support to individuals with cancer. Free teleconferences and webinars are offered. Details are available on the center’s website.

Fertile Hope
Provides reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors.

Provides support, education and advocacy specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Hope for Young Adults with Cancer (Hope4YAWC)
Provides financial support to young adults battling cancer and “meet-ups” where young adults with cancer can connect in fun, stress-free settings.

Provides support, education and resources to cancer patients, survivors, their families and the organizations that support them.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
Provides support to women and men with metastatic breast cancer.

National Cancer Institute
Provides information for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

The Pink Fund
Provides financial aid to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer.

The SAMFund
Assists young adult cancer survivors as they transition into their post-treatment lives. Offers grants and scholarships.

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
Provides resources for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

Young Survival Coalition
Provides education and support to young women with breast cancer and young survivors. Affiliates located in Missouir and Illinois.

3 Little Birds 4 Life
Grants wishes to young adults with cancer.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Breast Cancer in Young Women

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded funding to seven organizations, including the YWBCP, to develop support, education and awareness programs for young breast cancer survivors. The following programs received funding:

  • John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, Young Breast Cancer Survivor Support Initiative
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Sharsheret
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Program
  • University of North Carolina Medical School
  • Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP)