THERE ARE FAR FEWER TARGETED, AGE APPROPRIATE, & CONNECTED HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOUNG WOMEN TO HELP WITH THE PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SCARS OF THE DISEASE
SCATTERED RESOURCES LEAVE MAJOR GAPS
YOUNG WOMEN FEEL UNSUPPORTED, UNINSPIRED & UNEMPOWERED
The average age at the time of diagnosis is 62 years old and many of the available resources target postmenopausal women. However, approximately 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are less than 45 years of age, leaving a gap in relevant available resources and strategies for this group of women who struggle to find their ‘new normal’. These young women face unique challenges beyond just fighting their disease; they often need to re-enter the workforce, consider fertility issues, contemplate child-rearing, and feel isolated without an adequate support network and adequate resources and strategies for living well. These women in particular are often adrift and depressed after the gauntlet of treatments ends, with far fewer resources to help the physical and emotional scars of the disease. Further research is needed to better understand how long-term goal setting, online information and support, use of smart health and wellness tracking devices, and charitable giving in the face of adversity can be implemented to improve the long-term outcomes of young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Progress in treatment and early detection has led to improved survival for people of all ages and races, and with all stages of breast cancer. With ongoing improvements in early detection and treatment, the 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is approximately 90%. There are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today, more than any other group of cancer survivors.
Young women affected by breast cancer walk an unimaginably difficult and terrifying journey to overcome the ugly disease; their lives are forever changed. They deserve to walk a different kind of journey and work toward positive health and wellness goals that will exhilarate their mind, body, and spirit, transforming their path forward - forever. iRise Above strives to provide targeted resources and strategies for young women affected by breast cancer so that they may achieve goals of excellent health and wellness once thought to be unattainable.