One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. But, when breast cancer occurs in women under the age of 40, it is often detected at later stages, is more likely to be aggressive, and may be less responsive to traditional therapies.
Despite these facts, there is a lack of awareness about the risks and unique challenges facing young women with breast cancer.
A bill currently before the Senate, called the Breast Cancer Education Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act, would address these unique challenges by providing public education targeted at young women, resources for health professionals to offer more tests, and support services for young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The EARLY Act has already been introduced in the House and has received overwhelming support with more than 360 co-sponsors. But, to ensure the EARLY Act passes the Senate and makes it to President Obama's desk, your senators need to hear from you.
Please take a moment to write your senators and urge them to co-sponsor the EARLY Act today!