Breast cancer awareness is being portrayed all over the world with campaigns, marathons, etc. But still women feel shy to visit the doctor for a checkup. A recent initiative by a teenager has paved a way for early breast cancer diagnosis in many young girls.
Arshawna Warren was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 16-year-old. She never hesitated to visit a doctor when she felt something abnormal in her breasts. The main reason behind her bravery was her mother who motivated her to do self-examination of her breasts. Paula Warren, her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer by doctors.
"She taught me its very important to be aware of my body, to check regularly," Arshawna said of her mom.
"I was just doing a regular check like she taught me to do every other week and I felt something kinda like a rock in my breast. It took until after the surgery to find out I had breast cancer. It was probably the scariest thing I've ever gone through in my life," Arshawna confessed.
Early detection of breast cancer changed her life. So she decided to create awareness about this to all young girls.
"I figured why not put a workshop on for young people about young people getting breast cancer or any type of cancer. It's not too early to start checking," said Arshawna.
She started a campaign called "Be pretty in pink" which turned her diagnoses into a solid campaign for early detection. "no excuses. It takes two seconds to check. You go around, you go around and you're done. If you have time to work out, you have time to check," she said.