Joining in the conversation for Breast Cancer Awareness month 2020, Insta-babe Kate Yuille, best known as @ultrasophisticate, opens up about her own experiences and what helps her check for symptoms regularly.
How has your family’s experience with breast cancer changed the way you look after your breast health?
With the case of my family, because it got found so early its literally changed their lives. That encouraged me to get screened much earlier than the national screening age. Checking can reduce so many issues with treatments and can actually save lives.
What advise would you give someone who has a friend or family member going through breast cancer?
Its important to think about how that person wants to talk about it. Some people don’t mind being open about it and others don’t like talking about it. I think you’ve got to be mindful of that.
What have you found useful in remembering to do your monthly self-checks or learning about ways to take care of your breasts?
The Know Your Lemons app and the website have great information. The app even has a monthly tracker reminding you to check your breasts after your period as this is the best time to check.
Why is breast cancer awareness so important?
It affects so many women, I think 1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Raising awareness means you can save lives. It’s one of the more treatable cancers and getting yourself checked could mean that you could live. We’ve got so much treatment now.
How can we support our mothers, aunties, grandmas or sisters to look after their breast health?
Referring them to the Know Your Lemons website and app and also reminding them to go and get their mammogram. Don’t ignore that letter.
What can we do to make a difference for breast cancer?
It’s important to know the 12 symptoms of breast cancer so you know what you’re looking for.
This year we’ve teamed up with women-led global charity Know Your Lemons on a dedicated collection to revolutionise the way we think about breast cancer and educate you on the 12 symptoms and how to check.