As part of Orgullosa’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month partnership with Liga Contra el Cancer, actress and breast cancer survivor, Adamari Lopez hosted a wonderful event for local influencers, bloggers, and media at the Miami Beach Women’s Club.
The event was intimate, beautiful, and an eye-opening experience. We learned about ways to help raise awareness about this horrible disease that so many Latinas are dealing with. We also had a chance to interview Adamari and got to hear about her personal battle with breast cancer.
Adamari Lopez, alongside Dr. Pedro De La Rosa (Oncologist for Liga Contra el Cancer) unveiled Orgullosa‘s social donation program to Liga Contra el Cancer for 2015.
Orgullosa created a series of social postcards (such as the one pictured above) that will be available on their Facebook (click here) throughout October to inspire Nueva Latinas, modern bicultural Latinas, to talk about early breast cancer detection and about performing monthly self-exams. The American Cancer Society recommends that women self-examine their breasts once a month. You should self-examine your breasts one week after your period. The unique postcards incorporate bra designs featuring the 3 recommended patterns to follow for breast self-examination. The 3 patters recommended by the American Cancer Society are:
- Up and Down
For every postcard shared on Facebook, Orgullosa will donate $1 to Liga Contra el Cancer, up to $30,000! Que orgullo!
You can join the Orgullosa Breast Cancer Awareness conversation by using the hashtag #OrgullosaStrong on your social media. The more we share the importance of self-examination and early detection of breast cancer, the more lives we can save!
Adamari Lopez Interview and Press Event:
Adamari Lopez was only 33 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. In an interview she told us that she discovered the breast cancer mass while “scratching her chest” and that she had no symptoms or pain. Her cancer was diagnosed as Stage I, and she later underwent a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy. Lopez has since become a public advocate for breast cancer awareness.
Did you know?
- Breast cancer most commonly occurs in the LEFT breast.
Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow, in an uncontrollable manner.
- One U.S. Latina DIES of breast cancer ever 90 minutes.
- Not all women experience the same symptoms (posted below), and many never find the lump themselves.
- Breast cancer is the LEADING cause of cancer death in Latin women.
- Most breast cancer occurs in women 50 or older. Though rare, women under 50 (like Adamari) get breast cancer as well.
- Early-stage diagnosis can give you a 99% chance of living at least 5 years.
- Cancer data shows that Latinas are diagnosed with late-stage cancer more than non-Latinas. The rate of late-stage diagnosis is 36%, higher than all other ethnic groups.
- In an Orgullosa-commissioned survey conducted in 2013:
- 88 percent of Latinas acknowledged knowing how to do a breast self-examination, less than half report examining themselves once a month (45%).
- 80 percent of Latinas were not aware that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among them.
Do you know the symptoms?
- Lump or hard knot in breast.
- Warmth, swelling, redness, or darkening of the breast.
- Sudden change in size or shape of breast.
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
- Rash on nipple.
- Sore or itchy nipples.
- Nipple discharge.
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast.
- A new pain that does not go away.
Event Pictures and Video:
The amazing team at Orgullosa (P&G) put together a beautiful event for us to enjoy. We were served an amazing lunch, treated to manicures, and given goodie bags. I felt incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such influential and strong women.
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