Although breast cancer in young adults is rare, more than 250,000 living in the United States today were diagnosed under age 40. In young adults, breast cancer tends to be diagnosed in its later stages. It also tends to be more aggressive. Young adults have a higher mortality rate. As well as a higher risk of metastatic recurrence.

  • There is no effective breast cancer screening tool yet for women under 40. This is because most have dense breast tissue that prevents routine mammograms from being a useful screening tool.

  • Each year, approximately 70,000 men and women age 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the US.1 Breast cancer is also the most common cancer for women in this age group.2

  • In 2015, the American Cancer Society projected 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer among U.S. women annually. As well as an estimated 60,290 additional cases of in situ breast cancer. An estimated 12,150 cases of breast cancer in women under age 40. Whereas approximately 26,393 women will be under 45 years of age.

  • Every year, more than 1,000 women under age 40 die from breast cancer.3

  • Nearly 80% of young women diagnosed with breast cancer find their breast abnormality themselves.4

  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women who are pregnant or have recently given birth. It occurs once in every 3,000 pregnancies.5 An estimated 30% or more of all breast cancer in young women is diagnosed in the few years after a woman has had a baby.6

  • Compared to older women, young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates. More and more evidence tells us that breast cancer before age 40 differs biologically from the cancer faced by older women.

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5403 37th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782

I believe that I get to choose the life I want to live - we all do! I also believe that there is no greater gift I can give or receive than to honor my calling - it is why I was born, and how I become most truly alive. 

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the iRise Above Foundation, I dedicate my life to helping others, because IT IS my calling. I give to inspire, empower, and support young women in their recovery to heal, thrive and be well after breast cancer, and offer hope to those newly diagnosed. I do so because it feels good and the impact is great. By fulfilling our mission, we honor those taken by the disease, and change the conversation about breast cancer from one of weakness to that of strength.
We currently find ourselves living in the midst of challenging and unprecedented times. My heart goes out to anyone whose health has been affected by COVID-19, and to all who are on the front lines caring for the sick. In light of these evolving challenges and the continuing needs of our sisters of strength, the iRise Above Foundation recognizes the critical importance – now more than ever - of continued support of young women in their recovery to heal, thrive and achieve wellness after breast cancer. 

By supporting iRise Above today, you are giving the gift of hope, inspiration, empowerment and support to young women wishing to heal, thrive and be well after breast cancer amid this pandemic.

No gift is too small. Please consider a generous donation today. 

With an abundance of gratitude,

Gillian Lichota

Gillian Lichota
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
iRise Above Foundation 


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