Many young women don’t take cancer as a potential threat. They consider this situation only when they attain a certain age. But in fact, cancer is a serious threat. Breast cancer has become the fastest-growing type of cancer in urban areas. The age of women between 25-39 years old are diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, accounting for 10-15 percent of all patients.
Being stressed, depressed, lacking of sleep, eating unhealthy food, and smoking are among the factors that are potential causes for breast cancer. It should be taken seriously by young women.
In order to improve awareness of this disease, and to call on the public to care more about women’s health and express the care for breast health and patients, I created this animation. In this animation, the story introduces a young woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer. After she suffers from feelings of hopelessness and loss, she regains her courage and desire to face the disease and her life. Finally, she goes back to her normal life with her family and friends’ support. In the meantime, the story builds a connection with the audience members who are diagnosed with breast cancer and encourages them to confront the illness positively, and let them know the mastectomy is not the end of the world.
The story popularizes education regarding breast cancer through this form of health education, thus improving patients’ and public’s awareness of this disease and helping them find and face themselves. Young women should actively participate in disease prevention and control, and the management of health.
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
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Hou, Yuting, "You Can Be Strong: An animation about a young woman fighting against breast cancer" (2019). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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