Author Archives: Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO

American Cancer Society Changes Screening Guidelines: What Does this Mean for Young Women?

Today, the American Cancer Society (ACS) revised its guidelines on screening mammography and clinical breast exams (CBEs) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These new guidelines state that, in women of average breast cancer risk, annual screening … Continue reading

Changing the Face of Breast Cancer Advocacy

When I joined the breast cancer community at age 36, I had no idea my diagnosis would take me into the world of advocacy and science around the disease that was trying to kill me. As I transitioned into my … Continue reading

YSC’s New ONLINE Support Groups

A “support group” means different things to different people. For some, it might represent your most sacred circle of friends. For others, it might generate thoughts of a trauma you have experienced. I walked into my first YSC support group … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

What do Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Adam Levine have in common?

The answer is…YSC!  No, I am not kidding! Three years ago, CBS Radio created a charity benefit concert called “We Can Survive” and they chose YSC as the beneficiary of their generosity. I am thrilled to announce that they are … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Angelina Jolie Pitt Takes Control of Her Health and You Can, Too

All of us have heard the news about Angelina Jolie Pitt choosing to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a means of preventing ovarian cancer. Angelina Jolie’s message was “choose what’s right for you,” and the experts agree. She … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

I’m excited! Join me for our new YSC Summit for young women affected by breast cancer.

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has many questions and feelings of uncertainty. When I was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 36, I felt so alone. Yes, I had support from my husband, family … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

Win a Trip for 2 to the We Can Survive Concert!

As a young survivor, you know that Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is here for you from the day of your breast cancer diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship. YSC is also here for you when it’s time to celebrate life! … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

The Collateral Damage of Breast Cancer on Young Women

If October makes you cringe a bit, you aren’t alone. For many survivors and co-survivors, October’s breast cancer awareness campaigns are a constant reminder of what you have been through and may still be going through. We call it the … Continue reading

Categories: YSC SYNC - Survivors

3 Rides, 2 Options, 1 Purpose

Did you hear? All YSC Tour De Pink® (TdP) routes are new this year – how cool is that? The East Coast (Sept. 19-21) route begins in Philadelphia and ends on Assateague Island, Md. I didn’t know much about Assateague, … Continue reading

Categories: Taking my Body Back

I Hate Breast Cancer!

I am sorry – I have to say it. I hate breast cancer. I hate that it can take a young woman too soon and leave families to grieve. I hate that it leaves scars on everyone it touches on … Continue reading