While rare, breast cancer does affect women under the age of 45. In young women, the disease is more often hereditary than it is in older women. Young women, however, may not realize they are at risk for this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new Bring Your Brave campaign will feature young women telling their personal stories about how their lives have been affected by breast cancer. The goals of the campaign are to motivate young women to learn about the disease and its prevention, learn their family history of cancer, and engage in conversations with their health care provider.
CDC is looking for stories from women ages 18-44 who:
- Found a lump or abnormal change in their breast that turned out not to be breast cancer.
- Have a mother, sister or first counsil who had breast cancer before age 50 and is BRCA+
- Have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer
- Have undergone genetic counseling/testing and fit one of the following: have had breast cancer and a BRCA mutation, have a family history of breast/ovarian cancer nad BRCA mutation, are of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage with a personal/family history of breast cancer and BRCA mutation.
CDC is also looking for stories from women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50, have a BRCA mutation, AND have a daughter age 18 through 40. Both women must be willing to share their story about hereditary cancer, learning about family history, and having a BRCA mutation.
To be considered for this project women must:
Not smoke or use illegal drugs.
Have completed their cancer treatment (if applicable) at
least one year ago.
If you are interested in participating or know of someone who might be, please contact CDC for more information by May 15th.