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According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 252,710 cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,410 cases of noninvasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year. Whether they’re in their 20s or 70s, all women need to be aware of the early warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
We’ve gathered the best online videos for breast cancer awareness and resources, featuring a mix of inspiration, emotion, and information.
In this heartwarming video, the PS22 choir sings Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” to their beloved and newly diagnosed teacher, Mrs. Adriana Lopez, as she battles breast cancer. Have tissues handy — these fifth graders remind you that you’re not alone in the fight against this disease.
In this video, an Argentinian charity called Movimiento Ayuda Cáncer de Mama (MACMA) came up with a clever way to sidestep social media’s censorship of female nipples to show women how to perform a breast self-examination. The result is a humorous and memorable tutorial seen by millions of people around the world.
This video by Cancer Treatment Centers of America tells the story of teacher Miriam Trejo’s yearlong search for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Once Trejo was diagnosed with breast cancer, she began a program involving conventional cancer treatments and supportive therapies. Now in remission, Trejo is on a mission to give back to those who helped her along the way.
For the women who undergo a mastectomy in their fight against breast cancer, the results of losing one or both breasts can be devastating. One organization, P.INK, is on a mission to provide women with an artful alternative to breast reconstruction and an innovative way to hide surgical scars. This video chronicles the story of breast cancer survivor Christine as she reconnects to her body through the beautiful imagery of mastectomy tattoos.
If you’re looking for a holistic approach to breast cancer prevention, Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, chiropractor, provides seven steps to boost the immune system and reduce the toxic load on the body. In this video from The Truth About Cancer, Dr. Desaulniers reveals that she is a breast cancer survivor as well.
In this video, Joan Lunden sits down with her oncologist, Dr. Ruth Oratz, to tackle the tough questions Lunden gets asked on her social media accounts. In particular, they attempt to provide some insights as to why so many young women are getting diagnosed with breast cancer.
To raise awareness, breast cancer survivor and Biloxi, Mississippi resident Paulette Leaphart prepares for a thousand-mile walk from her home to Washington, D.C. — and she’s doing it all topless. In this inspirational video by Inside Edition, Leaphart explains that she displays her mastectomy scars while walking so that others will take notice of the seriousness of breast cancer and begin to care for their own bodies.
BBC News posted this video by Victoria Derbyshire, where she shares an honest look at the highs and lows of undergoing six grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Through this online diary, Derbyshire sheds tears of pain and tears of celebration as she finishes her final day of chemotherapy.
This poignant, one-minute film from the UK-based charity Breast Cancer Now reminds us that there is still much work to be done in regards to this disease. Breast Cancer Now funds cutting-edge research with a mission to stop the deaths associated with this diagnosis.
This short clip features England’s football team and a network of celebrity ambassadors, supporters, service workers, and survivors. Created by the UK charity Breast Cancer Care, this video encourages women and men to “know ‘em, check ‘em, and love your breasts.” The organization’s goal is to raise awareness for breast health and #PassItOn.
According to Susan G. Komen, the mortality rate associated with breast cancer is 42 percent higher in black women than in white women. This video by MadameNoire provides lifesaving tips about breast cancer for black women. Tips include finding a doctor familiar with black women’s health, discussing with your doctor the appropriate age to begin mammograms, understanding your risk factors, and more.
In this uplifting video from Zumba Fitness, Zumba instructor Paula Jacobs remembers the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer and the 48-hour pity party that followed. Then, she decided to maintain a positive attitude and tackle cancer head-on with determination, support, and happiness.
What’s the right age to begin screening for breast cancer? The JAMA Network created this video to outline the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for women who are at average risk of developing breast cancer. Of course, these are guidelines, so you’ll want to talk with your doctor about your individual risk factors.
Similar to the above video, this video reviews the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for breast cancer screening. This clip contains expert interviews as well as some of the science that led to the updated recommendations. American Cancer Society suggests that women who are at high risk for breast cancer talk to their doctors about when and how often to begin screening.
Writer, YouTuber, and speaker Nalie Agustin describes the day she found out her breast cancer had returned. She shares her story in real time in the hopes of spreading awareness that breast cancer can occur in younger women. She wants to inspire others never to give up and to live life to the fullest in spite of cancer.
In this video from ABC News, TV journalist Amy Robach reflects on the mammogram that changed her life. Robach had never had a mammogram before and was asked by the news network if she’d get one on television to demystify the procedure for women. Robach agreed, and she received a shocking report — she had breast cancer. Now, Robach urges women not to delay breast cancer screenings and to remain vigilant about their own health.
Four women take the Color Genomics test to find out if they’re at an increased risk of breast cancer in this video by Boldly (formally Buzzfeed). The testing was a painless procedure and involved filling a vial with a saliva sample. The results arrived within a couple of weeks. This test indicates if you’re at a greater risk of developing breast cancer or other inherited forms of cancer, but you shouldn’t use it as a substitute for your doctor’s advice or regular cancer screenings.
Inside Edition presents this rare story about a brave eight-year-old girl who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Now, this child is cancer-free and living life to the fullest.
This story by Good Morning America features Olivia Hutcherson. Her persistence when she first noticed blood on the inside of her blouse led her to be accurately diagnosed with breast cancer and allowed her to begin lifesaving treatments quickly. Doctors were reluctant to give her a mammogram at just 26 years of age. But she insisted, and now she’s cancer-free. If you notice something unusual with your body, like a lump in your breast, skin changes, or discharge from the nipple, see your doctor as soon as possible and trust your own instincts.
Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio, OTR/L, is a Chicago-based freelance lifestyle writer and a licensed occupational therapist. She has expertise in health, wellness, fitness, chronic illness management, and small business. For more than a decade, she has battled Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and interstitial cystitis. She is the creator of the DVD New Dawn Pilates: A Pilates-Inspired Workout Adapted for People with Pelvic Pain. Jenny shares her personal healing journey on lymeroad.com with the support of her husband, Tom, and her three rescue dogs, Caylie, Emmi, and Opal. You can find her on Twitter @lymeroad.