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Breast cancer affects young women in many ways - from diagnosis and treatment to fertility and concerns for children, family and friends. Breast cancer is less common in younger women (under the age of 45) than in older women, so being diagnosed at this age can be very isolating.
Our information and support services are dedicated to younger women's specific needs.
When I started chemotherapy, I didn’t really know anyone in the same boat as me. I attended one of Breast Cancer Now’s Younger Women Together events in Manchester. I was looking for a few answers to my questions, but most of all wanted to make contact with other women in my situation.
Kreena, Younger Women Together event attendee
Because of my age the doctor suggested I have a test to see whether I had an altered BRCA gene, which significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. I had already been diagnosed, so it was an easy decision to get the test. But I understand that the decision may not be so easy for others, especially if they haven't had a diagnosis.
Liz, diagnosed aged 21
The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Now raises money specifically to fund information and support for younger women with breast cancer. It is the only fund in the UK dedicated to addressing the particular needs of this age group.