I got it for free, and I love the campaign; people can say whether or not feeling for lumps is helpful or not, but I will stick to believing that it IS helpful. My grandmother wouldn’t have had as long as she did had she not detected hers with her own hands, and I’ve heard several other similar stories. Doing self-breast exams is an example of self-love and self-care that should be embraced, not discouraged.
This week is Feel Your Boobies Week, and from October 14 through 21 Feel Your Boobies will be hosting a Tweet-a-thon to help remind women to do just that. To join in the campaign, you can use #feelyourboobies to participate. So far, over 318,000 reminders have been sent! The goal is to remind 1 million people to do a self-breast check, so if you want to join in, please feel free. You can even visit the link above to automatically post a link to your Twitter account—it’s that easy. You can also get a code for a widget to post on your webpage if you like.
Here are a few other ways you can help…
- Do your own self-breast check every month. Remind friends and family to do so, too.
- Avoid pinkwashing. That’s when companies sell a bunch of pink ribbon junk to just sell it, with no monies being donated to any cause whatsoever. Check your products before you buy them!
- Donate to a real organization, such as The Breast Cancer Site, which funds free mammograms for women. You can also purchase products or click every day, both of which will also fund mammograms. They sell really good quality gifts; I’ve bought holiday presents from them before and love everything I’ve purchased.
- Spread the word. Aside from Twitter, you can post information on Facebook, your blog, or anywhere else you set up shop online.
- Maintain your breast health. If you have a free mammogram clinic in town—I know ours does one every year—go for it. If you’re too young, help your older friends, relatives, and neighbors get one. Reduce your own risk by reducing your alcohol intake, eating your fruits and veggies, and following these other tips.