Photographs Reveal the Strength of Young Breast Cancer Survivors
Photographer David Jay's portraits of young women living with breast cancer are beautiful, raw, and sometimes very hard to look at. Titled The SCAR Project, this collection of large-scale, semi-nude photographs reveals physical and emotional scars—and tremendous strength.
Jay's project is an effort to pay tribute to the courage and spirit of the often-overlooked group of young women (his subjects range in age from 18 to 35) who suffer from breast cancer every year.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.
“For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease," says Jay on The SCAR Project website. "It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it. "
Nearly 100 women from across the country participated in The SCAR project—the goal is to raise awareness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research and "help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens."
Recently shown at a gallery in New York City, Jay's photographs are now collected in a book available online (proceeds benefit Livestrong and The SCAR Project).
You can view more photos from The SCAR Project on its Facebook page here.
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