We may think we know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer — but how many are confident with checking their own breasts, and how many do it regularly?
Unfortunately, awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer in Malaysia remains low, and it’s estimated that only 1 in 10 Malaysians attend mammogram screening. To explore ways in raising awareness, we’ve been raising awareness through community health workers. These programmes have shown that it is feasible to engage the community in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more about how you can raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer in your office or community.
From age 20, breast self-examinations should be conducted monthly. From age 50, a mammogram should be taken every two years. Every October, CRMY calls on every Malaysian to support the women that they love. Join us in spreading the word, and pledge to be a #BoobBuddy for yourself and the ones you love now.
CRMY has partnered with Corrine Beaumont, the young designer who created the “Know Your Lemons” campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Corrine lost both her grandmothers to breast cancer, and felt compelled to come up with a solution to educate the public on telltale signs. Lemons became her stand-in metaphor for breasts, as she tried to create a simple and visual way of what symptoms can look and feel like.
We’ve taken it a step further by developing a 3D version of these lemons. The “Lemon Kit” is taken on a road show to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.