National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9)

The intensive public focus on pink ribbon awareness campaigns not only diminishes deep awareness about the realities of breast cancer. It also diminishes general awareness of other health conditions, including other types of cancers and populations of women and men who have unique needs when they are diagnosed and treated.

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9), first launched in 2003, is designed to share little known information about young adults with cancer. This year, a series of video public service announcements reveals that:

  • Approximately 70,000 young adults in their teens through their late 30s are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.
  • Cancer is the leading killer of people 20 to 39 years of age, behind homicide and suicide.
  • Over the last 20 years, overall survival rates in young adults with cancer have reached a plateau.
  • Young adults have the lowest participation rate in clinical trials of any age group.
  • Young adults face unique psychosocial concerns  such as fertility preservation, body image, sexuality, education, insurance  issues, employment reintegration, and long term effects of treatment.
  • Young adults get cancers that are different than pediatric patients and older adult patients.

Moving beyond pink requires addressing the diversity of experiences for those who are diagnosed with breast cancer and taking meaningful action toward eradication. It also means acknowledging the points of connection among other cancers and chronic health conditions to work toward the betterment of public health.

For a list of national support and advocacy organizations oriented to a wide variety of cancers, go here.


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"Seeing clearly through the pink haze" Toronto Sun

*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

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Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

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Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
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Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

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