Young Women Talking

Young women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer have specific concerns and needs. A cancer diagnosis is always a shock, but for young women it can have particular consequences. They are less likely to know someone in the same situation and many report feeling socially isolated. Fertility and relationship issues may also be particularly relevant.

Counterpart offers young women an opportunity to access information and talk with trained volunteers, some of whom are at similar stages in their lives.

Counterpart also organises information sessions on a variety of topics, sometimes they are specifically for young women. You can join the mailing list to keep up to date with upcoming sessions of interest.

Alongside the information sessions, Counterpart (then BreaCan) in collaboration with The Cancer Council Victoria and the Think Pink Foundation produced a DVD and booklet focusing on young women and breast cancer. The DVD, entitled Young Women Talking, explores the issues affecting young women with breast cancer, as told by a group of young women, in their own words. You can watch the video below:

The DVD and booklet were produced in 2006, but the issues and comments from the women remain relevant today.