Find breast cancer support and resources in Alabama and nationally.

Raquel Smith: A Survivorship Story

Raquel was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 27. Hear her story and learn how she has channeled her disease into helping women like her through her recycling program, which raises money for mammograms.



Alabama, We're in This Together

You are not alone. Here are three ways we can help you right away.

Get Advice From Experts

You’re young. And you have breast cancer. Now what?

Young women with breast cancer have special needs. Learn the basics of breast cancer, as well as what you should do as a young woman to fight and live with the disease. From protecting your fertility and understanding the role genetics can play in choosing your treatment to breast reconstruction and planning your future, we can help.

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Hear From Women Like You

Who knows better than another young breast cancer survivor?

Breast cancer in young women is relatively rare, with only 11% of new cases found in women younger than 45. Still, young women in the Gulf States suffer from the disease at higher rates, and they all have stories to tell, as well as advice - often earned the hard way - to give. See and hear from some of them here, and know truly that you are not alone.

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Find Support That Works

Resource links and solutions for a variety of needs.

You may not know it, but there are local, state, regional and national resources that can help you fight your disease. This is the place to turn to for needs big and small - whether you are looking for a comprehensive treatment center in your area, financial help, or even a makeup artist skilled in recreating the eyebrows you lost to chemotherapy.

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AL Blog

You're young, live in Alabama, and have breast cancer. Get ideas, knowledge and inspiration here.

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Diagnosed With Cancer, B...

Each year, 70,000 women who might want to have children one day are diagnosed with cancer. Most of these women will go on to live healthy and happy lives for years to come. However, cancer treatment (like surgery, c...

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Are You One of the 11%?

If so, there is a chance that you have younger women in your family. Have you thought about how to approach the subject of breast cancer risk with them? Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer diagnosis at a yo...

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A Tribute to Dr. Karen M...

Dr. Karen Meneses, a professor and associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing, as well as UAB’s lead for SurviveAL, passed away unexpectedly recently. Below are a few of our rememb...

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Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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