Young and A Survivor


An estimated 1,200 women under the age of 45 in Illinois will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Diverse Grou pos women standing in front of a brick wall with their arms around each other. UI Cancer Center logo and Young and a Survivor logo

A breast cancer diagnosis changes a young woman’s life forever.

The Young and A Survivor (YAAS!) network was established in 2019 to ensure young women affected by breast cancer have the resources and support to meet the challenges of life after a cancer diagnosis.

Young and A Survivor is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement NU58DP006674.

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About YAAS!

YAAS! is a network of healthcare providers, community-based organizations, young survivors, and metastatic thrivers working together to bring resources and services to young women affected by breast cancer and their loved ones.

The YAAS! Network is especially focused on young women who have limited access to resources and support because of race, color, sexual orientation and/or identity, disability, education, income, and other structural barriers.

The YAAS! Network provides education and training to healthcare providers and community-based health workers to increase awareness of the needs of young women affected by breast cancer to provide young women the support they need.


The YAAS! Network is dedicated to making comprehensive, high quality, person-centered supportive care accessible to all young women in Chicago affected by breast cancer, their families, and their communities.

Tamara Hamlish, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Susan Hong, MD (co-Principal Investigator)

Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN (co-Principal Investigator)

Sarah Rittner, MA (Project Manager)

Christine Jon’el (Project Coordinator)

University of Illinois at Chicago (Lead agency)

University of Illinois Cancer Center

University of Illinois Health

Triage Cancer

Wellness House

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Sisters Working it Out (SWIO)

ALAS Wings

YAAS! Events

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