Start the Conversation About Breast Cancer

Get tips for mothers and daughters on ways to start the conversation about breast health and awareness.

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Spreading awareness about breast cancer starts in a simple way: by talking! Conversation about this important health issue can help educate and inspire women of all ages into taking action and protecting their health. But starting the conversation might not be easy for everyone Take these tips from Susan Love, MD and get your conversation started today!

1. It’s not always comfortable discussing human biology with our daughters.

The means that we, their mothers, need to help our daughters have a realistic understanding of their breasts, and the conversation will be different depending on the age and stage of their lives. Ford Warriors in Pink, one of our Foundation’s partners, recently did a survey about these conversations, which showed that 63% of daughters are more likely to have conversations about their breast health if their mothers bring it up. And probably not surprisingly, 55% of mothers admit they’re more likely to have the conversation if their daughter brings it up.

2. Unless you’re a family of medical professionals who regularly discuss body parts around the dinner table, a more reasonable approach is to have your own conversation in the car. Particularly with teenagers, the car is the best place to talk, when they are captive and don’t actually have to look at you!

3. At adolescence, talk about the wonderful variety of sizes and shapes that breasts come in. And mention that the breast is not just decoration but has important work to do.

Think about it… the breast is a miraculous organ!

4. No matter what the age, encourage your daughter to get to know her own breasts, not because they might have cancer, but because they are important functional body parts that need more respect. This will open the door for further conversations as she ages about how to take care of her entire body, head to toe!

5. The most important message to our children is the major role that lifestyle plays in staying healthy and preventing all kinds of diseases, from heart disease to breast cancer.

Encourage your daughter to participate in sports, to exercise and to eat healthy!

6. By starting these conversations at adolescence, you will not only give your daughter good advice but open the door so that she can approach you if she has a problem or concern later on.

And where will that conversation take place? Probably in the car!

Provided by Ford Warriors in Pink

Article written by Susan Love
MD of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation