I’m setting a date for my hubby to remind me to do a self-exam because early detection is the best defense #PGBestDefense


Thank you to SheSpeaks/P&G for sponsoring this post about the importance of early detection during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

When I was in college, I felt a lump. The scary, call the doctor immediately kind. Because cancer had already taken one of my cousins and I had another one that was not doing well.

Fortunately, my lump was just fibrous tissue and nothing to worry about, but it sure scared me. And I want to be around for a long time for these people!

Love these guys

Since early detection is the best defense against breast cancer, I’m instituting a date every month that the hubby has to remind me to do a self-exam. Of course, if he wants to help, I’m sure he’ll be even more inclined to remind me. And, the earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate, so it’s important to keep those b00bs examined. When detected during the early (localized) stage, the five year survival rate is 98 percent.*

Early Detection is the Best Defense Against Breast Cancer #PGBestDefense

One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. One in eight. That is equivalent to an inner circle of girlfriends or the women in an extended family. While breast cancer rates are lower among non-Caucasian women, death rates are higher among African American and Latina women. In fact, every hour and a half a Latina woman dies of breast cancer in the United States.

This year, the P&G Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has partnered with The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to educate the men in our lives!  They want gentlemen to decide when their “day of action” will be and encourage the women in their life to take action and create an early detection plan. So, Mr. Serious, what will your day be? Because it’s important that I know my b00bs.

And, ladies, what day will you pick to have your men remind you? I think I’ll set a reminder on his calendar just so he can’t forget!

*National Cancer Institute

About P&G’s Contribution to the National Breast Cancer Foundation The 2013 P&G Breast Cancer Awareness campaign will help save lives by making a $500,000 donation to The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Since 2008, P&G has donated more than $2.1MM to the NBCF to help save lives through early detection awareness and education. More than 80 percent of all donations to the NBCF go to programs that benefit women.


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  1. What a great initiative…I’d probably remember more than the hubby!

  2. Great post to remind everyone to check themselves!

  3. I’m so lucky to know only 1 person that breast cancer has affected and she’s a long-time survivor! I think we often forget the importance of self examination but that’s how my friend’s cancer was caught early!

  4. You know, our date for checkups is usually the same as all the other monthly stuff, like putting Frontline and Heartguard on Dooley. Romantic, ain’t it?! 🙂

  5. I am glad it was not serious. I had the same scare in my 20’s and mine ended up being a lymph node. Luckily I was finally given a Mammogram to see what it was. I am glad your husband is there to remind you!! Gotta be around for that beautiful family!

  6. Fortunately, my family has not had to face the reality of breast cancer. I fear other types of cancer might affect us. Glad your lump was just tissue.

  7. I love the idea of having Hubs remind me…I always forget but I know breast exams are so important. My grandmother had breast cancer and unfortunately she passed away a couple of years after her first diagnosis.

  8. I think I will do this too. What a great idea! I think it is definitely important. I always check my breast. Definitely want to be around as long as I can for my little people.

  9. Michele P says:

    amazing statistics, 1 in 8 surely is a scary number. I had a callback on this yrs mammogram and was terrified…thankfully like you, nothing to worry about. But it is important to spread awareness and remind women AND men, that they need to check for lumps periodically and see the dr. to rule out anything suspicious.

  10. Currently my grandmother is battle stage four breast cancer. So she reminds me almost weekly to do self examinations, but including the hubby could make it a little lighter.

  11. Great post. Hubby should know what to look for, they touch the ta-tas more than we do

  12. Self Exams are important, and I think it’s a great idea to get men involved. It adds another dimension of emotional and mental closeness , but hey they are feeling it more than us (is that tmi?) so maybe they can help us out too by letting us know if they feel any changes. Truth be told I may have to set a reminder on my phone before hubby actually reminds me, but I do think it’s important to involve them. They have to have it in their mindset from the getgo, bc it will be really tough on them if we do get cancer. Sometimes men think we’re superwomen and when something like this happens, they are completely unprepared.

  13. I do them all the time! sometimes I feel lumps but I went to the doctor and they said they were just cysts and were quite normal for alot of women. I was a bit freaked out but I go get checked more often just for precautionary reasons.

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