YOUNG WOMENS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FOUNDATION
Hello,my name is Jennifer Kehm and I am a breast cancer survivor.
I found a lump in my breast. My gynecologist assured me it was a cyst because of my age. Thankfully, he did recommend that I pursue a mammogram just to be safe. A few weeks later to my surprise, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was 36 years old.
I was lucky that my doctor took the lump seriously. Many women under forty go undiagnosed because there is a common misconception among women and doctors that they are "too young" for breast cancer.
Young women do get breast cancer. Many times, it is detected further along than it could be due to lack of screening.
That is why Lisa Edmonds and I decided to start the Young Women's Breast Cancer Foundation. Our mission is to educate and create an awareness about breast cancer in younger women.
We hope to challenge women to perform monthly self-breast exams and talk to a doctor about any changes to your breasts. Force your doctor to take your concerns seriously. Not every cancer can be detected through self-breast exams, but many can. Make an investment in your own health, be your own advocate and take control. Educate yourself and find support. Reach out to us, no need to go through this alone!
YWBCAF raises money for organizations in the local Pittsburgh area. The YWBCAF's proceeds benefit The Patient Navigator Program at the Magee-Womens Hospital's Women's Cancer Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. It is important for young women to work through their feelings, questions and frustrations about cancer. A patient navigator can guide them to a greater understanding.