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Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program Awarded New CDC Grant

Jennifer Ivanovich, MS, MBA

Dec. 2, 2011 – In September, the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP) at the Siteman Cancer Center received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand services to young breast cancer survivors in the greater St. Louis region. YWBCP is one of seven programs nationwide – and the only program in the Midwest – to receive this funding.

The CDC funding supports program expansion in four priority areas:

  • Patient experience
  • Psychosocial support
  • Genetics and cancer education
  • Survivorship

YWBCP goals in these priority areas are to advocate for and empower young women through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The grant will allow the program to provide services in St. Louis City; the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Montgomery, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin and Washington; and the Illinois counties of St. Clair and Madison.

“We are grateful to the CDC for their vision and support for young survivors,” says YWBCP director Jennifer Ivanovich, MS, MBA, research assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. “This grant will allow us to reach out to a greater number of young women battling breast cancer and to build resources for survivors.” 

For more information about the YWBCP, visit or call 314-454-5076.