Young Survival Coalition helps early breast cancer patients find support
Oct 4, 2011
Lisa Osterman was diagnosed with breast cancer at the very early age of 31, and she felt as if she had nowhere to turn, according to USA Today.
"For me it's a very isolating experience," Osterman told the news source. "When older women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they have a girlfriend, cousin or sister who has had that experience … But when a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer they only know older women."
Then she found out about the Young Survival Coalition, which not only provided her with people her own age who could truly relate to her, but it allowed her to make the right decisions for breast cancer treatment and other important choices that were appropriate for her disease, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once a woman turns 40 she receives annual mammograms. If a woman has an extensive family history of breast cancer, she may want to start planning these appointments earlier, so they can catch the disease during its beginning stages.