According to the Young Survival Coalition, nearly 1,200 women under the age of 40 die annually from breast cancer. The younger you are the lower the odds, but women as young as 18 can get breast cancer which is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 44.
Kay Pruett of the Young Survival Coalition says getting a cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming.
It’s a lot of information to process for a woman at any age particularly under the age of 40,” she says. “It’s emotional; there are fertility issues, or issues of being the caretaker for young children and all of a sudden you need a caretaker for you and your children. There’s so many different dynamics to being a woman under the age of 40 diagnosed with breast cancer.”
The Young Survival Coalition offers support and resources to women battling the disease and one of its main fundraisers takes place this weekend.
Friday morning more than 200 bike riders left Pennsylvania en route to Sunday’s finish line at Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach.
Bikers will be riding about 240 miles this weekend and Pruett says so far, the east coast cyclists have raised 770 thousand dollars this year.
There are several cheer zones along the route and can be found on the organization's website at https://east.ysctourdepink.org/