In 2009, Tigerlily Foundation worked with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to develop the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act. With $9 million per year in proposed funding for five years, the EARLY Act calls for a national education campaign about the risks that young adult women (under 45) face from breast cancer. The bill also provides assistance to young women who have the disease.
Inspired by the EARLY Act, Tigerlily Foundation hosted the first Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill. This event is the only event of its kind on Capitol Hill; it brings together researchers, legislators, advocates, breast cancer survivors, physicians, healthcare professionals and more to Capitol Hill to learn about, advocate for and ask for better resources, support, funding and improved quality of care for young women – before, during and after breast cancer.
With Tigerlily Foundation’s 4th Annual Young Women’s Breast Health Day on the Hill, the event has transitioned into a Lobby Day for young women, which will make a bigger impact in the nation’s capitol and beyond. Read our Impact Report here.
As a young breast cancer survivor, young woman or community member, you can join us in making a difference in this powerful movement, by volunteering to support our event, participating in or partnering with us. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To receive alerts and updates about this event, sign up here.
Learn more about the 2015 YWBHD on the Hill here.
The EARLY Act
The EARLY Act calls for:
- A public health campaign to teach young women that breast cancer can and does occur in young women, and to help them establish healthy breast habits to follow as they mature;
- An education campaign to increase awareness among health care providers that breast cancer occurs in young women and knowledge of the risk factors for breast cancer in young women; and
- Support services for young women with breast cancer.
The EARLY Act empowers young women to:
- LEARN the facts
- KNOW their bodies
- SPEAK up for their health
- EMBRACE support
Information on EARLY Act:
- Senate Bill S994
- EARLY Act Brief
- EARLY Act Myths and Facts
- List of Organizations Supporting the EARLY Act
- Representative Wasserman Schultz EARLY Act Website
Articles on EARLY Act: