Breast Cancer: Why Self-Exams Still Matter

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, it was through a breast self-exam; that’s how I found my lump. It didn’t show up on a mammogram–and if I hadn’t been vigilant, it may have been too late. That’s why I believe early detection is key; to me, it’s just common sense.

But doing a breast self-exam isn’t always easy; it can be hard to know what you’re looking for. A product called Liv Aid® makes it simpler, by acting as a sort of magnifying glass for your fingers, making it a lot easier to notice changes. This heart-shaped silicone device is filled with a non-toxic lubricant that reduces the friction between a woman’s fingers and her breast, so it easier to find changes.

To encourage more women to self-examine their breasts, this October I’m working with Curves to give away 1 million Liv Aid® breast self-examination aids to women. Breast self-examination is an important step a woman can do herself as part of a regular breast health routine. This is an ideal combination of efforts since Curves encourages women to exercise and we know that obesity is one of the links to breast cancer. To find out more, go to or To coincide with the Liv Aid® campaign in October, the site will be launched as a one-stop source for information, news and education about breast health and early detection, too.

Olivia Newton John’s newest CD Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration In Song debuted in September and proceeds from the album sales will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre. For more on her efforts to raise funds for the Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre, which will feature a full range of complementary therapies, visit

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By Olivia Newton-John, from Intent


Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago


Kirsten Bergen
Past Member 8 years ago

Thank you for reminding women of the importance of self-examinations. Thank you too, for caring enough to help other people through their troubled times.

Vural K.
Past Member 8 years ago


M N K.
Mfghjk L9 years ago

When your diagnosed and you have no spleen keeping your immune system healthy is virtually impossible. Are there any spleenless survivors out there???

MaryAnn L.
MaryAnn Larson9 years ago

This silicone method of self examining is a definite help to detection of lumps, but there is a much better method of testing as opposed to mammography and it is called THERMAGRAPHY. It detects any very small lump in the breast and in the SURROUNDING TISSUE, which mammography does NOT. One benefit is that women would not be exposed to very detrimental side effects of Xrays. The earlier the lump is recognized, the smaller it is, and the easier to treat. Millions of women are exposed to X-rays that in many cases promotes the growth of the lump which was too small to be detected by the Xrays, and then you wait a whole year for another check, which allows the cancer to grow and be less treatable; or treatable in a more aggressive manner. If there is anyone reading this, who knows how to influence people like Ms. Newton-John to promote Thermography, sll of the female population will be ever grateful! If we women keep our immune systems healthy, we will not be a candidate for getting breast cancer.