Y-ME provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer. It is the only place in the world where someone touched by breast cancer can call – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – to talk to a breast cancer survivor and be understood in 150 different languages. For more than 30 years, Y-ME has been working to assure that no one faces breast cancer alone. We started the Y-ME Hotline at a time when people didn’t talk about cancer, newspapers didn’t print the words “breast” or “cancer,” and doctors didn’t always tell their patients their diagnosis, much less discuss treatment options.
Times have changed. Patients now have access to potentially overwhelming amounts of data, and they expect to be partners in their own treatment. Y-ME is changing to meet the needs of today’s breast cancer patient, while maintaining a commitment to our core mission of providing peer support for patients every step of the way, because some things haven’t changed. There is still no substitute for talking to someone who has been in your shoes after a doctor tells you that you have cancer.
Y-ME also provides outreach programs, breast health awareness workshops, wigs and prostheses banks for women with limited resources, and advocacy on breast cancer related policies.
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