Younger women can get breast cancer too.
But many ignore the signs, not knowing it can happen to them.
We’re here to ignite conversations with young women and their families about breast health and wellness. When you Have the Chat early and often, you empower those you love to know the facts, own their bodies, take charge of their health, better understand how to support each other and to be empowered. Information is ammunition!
Our videos talk about the importance of having conversation about breast health and breast cancer – with teens, young women, pre-vivors, family members, women living with various stages of breast cancer. We provide experiences of people who have been touched by breast cancer – offering educational, empowering, inspiring and real perspectives. It should not be awkward or scary to broach the topic of breast cancer – and its impact – with your daughters and loved ones. Join our movement to have real conversation about breast cancer, how to better understand the impact on loved ones, learn how to #KeepOurGirlsHealthy and change the conversation from “What I wish I knew” to “I’m glad I know.”
Keep our girls healthy. Have the Chat!
To keep “our girls” healthy by encouraging breast cancer conversation early and often.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 54.
When breast cancer is diagnosed at a young age, it’s more likely to be aggressive and to spread quickly. That’s because too many of our girls ignore early warning signs – like skin redness or nipple pain– thinking they’re too young to be at risk. And some doctors dismiss breast lumps in young women as cysts and opt to “wait and see.”
Early detection and prompt treatment can lead to more positive outcomes, and a better quality of life. In fact, more than 90 percent of women whose breast cancer is found in an early stage will survive.
Still, young survivors face different health risks and challenges. Fertility. Loneliness. Emotional insecurity. Body image issues. Dating. The stresses of student loans, starting careers and hoping to meet “The One.”
Educating young women before, during and after breast cancer empowers them to know what to watch for and do, cope with confidence, and live healthy and fearlessly.
Young girls and young women can be uncomfortable talking about their bodies. But awareness is much better than avoidance. And it can be lifesaving!
When you start talking to your daughter early – at puberty – then have ongoing conversations when she’s a teen and twenty-something, she’ll get more comfortable with her breasts. And be more vigilant with her health.
Breast cancer also has varying facets to it. It affects the entire family and community. Knowing how to talk about it – with your teen, peers, friends, healthcare provider and the tough stuff – can be empowering and inspire a deeper understanding and compassion of all affected.
Have the Chat is here to guide you, so you know what to say.
Take a look at our series of conversation starters to learn how to broach important topics like self-exams, hereditary breast cancer and genetics, the importance of clinical trials, the emotional toll of being diagnosed, survivorship, living with metastatic cancer, understanding the caregiver, how to talk to your healthcare provider and more.