Cosmopolitan featured this story on Friday as part of their support for Breast Cancer Care this month http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/lifestyle/why-we-are-turning-friday-pink-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month
It features Joanne, who was diagnosed at 26.
Still working on it, tors, but hoping to be able to do something of a focus on younger women towards the end of November, to tie in with the 10th anniversary of our Younger Women's Forums. Will keep you posted.
The Press team received your email yesterday and is just about to ask you to fill out our media volunteering form, so that we have all of your information on file and can match your experience to opportunities in magazines and newspapers. Thanks very much for getting involved.
Thought people on this thread might be interested to see this article in the Sun today about Annalisa, who was diagnosed at 33. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/4593173/Annalisa-Alexander-reveals-her-breast-cancer-diary.html
Articles like this are a really key way we raise awareness of younger women's experiences of breast cancer and we are always looking for more people to volunteer to tell their story. Annalisa volunteered to be a media volunteer for us, and this article is the result. If anyone on this thread is interested in learning more about being a media volunteer, please email email@example.com and the press team will tell you more and sign you up if you're still keen.
I will pass your idea to our communications team and in the meantime, do think about becoming a media volunteer to help us raise awareness of breast cancer in younger women.
Posted on behalf of new member Nicola
Hi Tors I'm ashamed to say that I didn't self-examine properly prior to my diagnosis in April 2010. Not because I didn't think breast cancer wouldn't happen to me, nor due to lack of awareness really, it's just I hadn't made the effort to make regular self-examinations a part of my routine. Women in their 30s/40s tend to be very busy with work, raising a family etc, and I agree that we need prompting to make time to examine ourselves on a regular basis.
I think your Dove-style campaign suggestion is great. I find it annoying when the media focuses on the most 'common' risk factors, most of which don't seem to apply to the young women I've met since diagnosis. This focus just serves to remind us that life is even more unfair than we thought it was! The number of well-meaning people who said to me, on hearing of my diagnosis: 'I can't believe it - you're really healthy'.
Midge's suggestion about increasing breast awareness at smear test appointments is great too. On a related note, I don't have children myself, so wonder if any info on breast awareness is included with ante/post-natal documentation? Mums' bodies go through such a lot during pregnancy and childbirth, and I can imagine it must be really hard to decide which body changes are 'normal' or 'abnormal'.
Given its existing support for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, I wonder if the likes of M&S would promote breast awareness alongside its lingerie collection (ie its general collection, not just post-surgery bras). Just a thought.
Aha- found it https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151080116547286&set=a.339996727285.149241.339979282285&type=1 (is that it?)
We're well, thanks. He's learning to walk & talk so keeping me on my toes!
(Edited to add: I've posted about this on the BCC facebook page now https://www.facebook.com/breastcancercare/posts/409027412485476 and it's had a few comments already, so thank you for sharing it.)
I'll certainly pass this on. I've found the website you're referring to (I think - is it http://www.youngwomensbreastcancerfoundation.com/index.html ?) but I can't see any information about the campaign you're talking about, with the photo and "I'm not too young" sign.
Is there a link you could post here? Or if it's easier on Facebook, could you share the photo/link on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/breastcancercare so we can have a look at it?