Press Release

Sharsheret Partners with Young Survival Coalition to Present National Breast Cancer Teleconference Addressing Diversity

Teaneck, New Jersey (January 20, 2006) - Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women facing breast cancer, will co-present a free national teleconference, "How Does Breast Cancer Affect Young Women of Diverse Backgrounds? " with the Young Survival Coalition, an international, non-profit network of young breast cancer survivors. The teleconference will take place on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 8:00 p.m. (EST) and will attract breast cancer patients and survivors, their families, and health care professionals.

"How Does Breast Cancer Affect Young Women of Diverse Backgrounds? " will educate participants about the issues and concerns of often underserved populations facing breast cancer, the cultural disparities in breast cancer treatment, and how health care professionals and patients can address these disparities. The teleconference will highlight the unique concerns of Jewish, African American, Asian American, and Latina women facing breast cancer.

Teleconference speakers will include Dr. Freya Schnabel (Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center), Dr. Jenny Romero (Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention), Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade (University of Chicago Medical Center), Amari Pearson-Fields (Mautner Project), and young women from diverse backgrounds who have been affected by breast cancer.

"Sharsheret is excited to partner with the Young Survival Coalition to address the critical concerns of young women facing breast cancer," said Executive Director Rochelle Shoretz. "This teleconference will bring together women and health care professionals of diverse backgrounds to share their perspectives on treatment, survivorship, and breast cancer care."

About Sharsheret
Since the organization’s founding in 2001, Sharsheret has received more than 7,000 phone calls from those affected by breast cancer, health care professionals, women’s organizations, Jewish organizations, and others interested in learning more about the important services Sharsheret provides nationwide.

Sharsheret has developed three core programs in response to the needs of young Jewish women facing breast cancer: The Link Program, a peer support network connecting young women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast cancer with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences, Education and Outreach Programs, including health care symposia addressing the concerns of young women facing breast cancer, and Quality of Life Programs, including the Busy Box for young parents facing breast cancer, Best Face Forward to address the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and Embrace for women living with advanced breast cancer.

For more information about Sharsheret and the teleconference dial-in number please call Program Director Elana Silber toll-free at (866) 474-2774.