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
Will breast cancer affect my fertility?
Some treatments, such as chemotherapy, can affect your ability to become pregnant. Find out more about fertility and breast cancer and planning pregnancy after breast cancer treatment.
Learn about the signs and symptoms and risk factors of breast cancer.
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
Genes and family history
Find information about genes and breast cancer, whether you have concerns about your family history or have been diagnosed with an altered BRCA gene.
Whether you're going through treatment or if you're trying to find your new 'normal' afterwards, you can get information from medical professionals and meet others who know how you feel at our Younger Women Together events across the country.
Meet other women under 45 who've been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. You'll have the chance to talk, share and be yourself, away from the pressures of everyday life. There are events throughout the year as well as meet ups for all ages.
Join a safe space online in the Younger Breast Cancer Network, run by young women with breast cancer.
I met some wonderful women at the event. I have come to realise through my treatment that the human spirit of kindness and care is a very special medicine, and can make such a difference. Breast Cancer Now makes sure that this is available to everyone.
Lucy, Younger Women Together event attendee
Fundraise for younger women
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.