It’s no surprise that we are stronger when we work together and advocate for each other. The same principle applies to our fight in bringing awareness to knowing your risk for breast cancer because early detection saves lives. The gals at R.Riveter felt our own namesake, Rosie the Riveter, perfectly captures the “can do” attitude and community support necessary to this fight. In her time, the icon was meant to encourage women that we can do whatever it is we put our minds to. This led to an uptick in women joining the workforce as their spouses headed off to war. Her internal strength is admirable. We’ve partnered up with breastcancer.org to “fight like Rosie” as the ultimate female empowerment duo. We believe education is key when it comes to breast cancer. For the months of September and October, we will be donating a portion of the sales from our Fight Like Rosie Collection to support this organization. Each bag will come with a pink support tag.
It’s important to know your risk and to make sure those in your life know theirs as well. (Share this page with those you love!)
Whether you have a family history of breast cancer or not, it is important to know your risk. As you age, the chances of developing breast cancer go up and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed at some point in life. The two main factors are sex and age. Family history and genetics come into play, and those with an immediate relative like a sister, daughter, or mother with breast cancer have doubled risk than the average woman. Things you can help to control that are risk factors include, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, decreasing alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy diet. Those who do not practice healthy habits increase their chances of developing breast cancer.
As part of advocating for and educating each other, we feel it is important to share details of how to give a self-breast exam in five steps.
Step 1: Look at your breasts in the mirror head on with your hands placed on your hips. You should look to make sure your breasts are their normal shape, size, and coloring. Tell your doctor if you see bulging of the skin, nipple changes such as position or inversion, redness, soreness, or swelling.
Step 2: Raise your arms above your head and look for the same changes.
Step 3: Look for signs of unusual liquids coming from the nipples.
Step 4: Lie on your back, place your left arm above your head, and using your right hand, feel your left breast. Keep your fingers flat and together and give firm, circular motions about the size of a quarter to examine the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side. Switch arms and do the other side.
Step 5: Sit or stand upright and repeat steps described in step 4.
If anything feels off—don’t panic. Most women have lumpy areas in their tissue that are non-cancerous. However, we encourage you to talk to your doctor if there is a new or worrisome change in breast tissue. Head to breastcancer.org to read more about your breast health.