Written by Kristine Thomason, editorial intern
“But first, let me take a selfie.”
Whether you admit to loving the song or not, admit it: You’ve taken a selfie a time or two. And now you can add some purpose behind those pics. The Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB), a youth-focused breast cancer awareness organization (you may know them from the “I Love Boobies” bracelets), is encouraging women to join its #checkyourselfie campaign, which launches October 1st. Just take a selfie doing the three-finger photo pledge and post it with #checkyourselfie in the caption to show your commitment to monthly self-checks.
“It’s important to be aware if something is weird or out of place, because early detection can save your life,” says KAB founder Shaney Jo Darden. “If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not right. Trust your intuition.”
Shockingly, more than 70,000 men and women between ages 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year, and breast cancer is the most common diagnosis for women in this age range, according to the Young Survival Coalition.
Darden recommends scheduling a time once a month to check yourself (you can even use KAB’s Check Yourself! app, which gives step-by-step instructions for how to do a breast exam and alerts you when it’s self-check time). “I like to schedule one girly personal day a month,” she says. “I sleep in, eat raw food, go to yoga, call my mom and get my nails done. I think it’s important for all women to set aside extra time for yourself, which includes checking in with your girls to see what’s up.” An excuse for a whole day of healthy pampering? We’ll take it!