Feel free to drop the F-bomb. Just like the word
cancer, a profanity may be
something you think about
but are hesitant to voice. Don’t
be bashful: Cursing cancer out
loud can help you feel brave
and get other people talking
about prevention, says Yael.
Throw a shower party.
Yael once designed cheeky
invitations to a shower bash—
as in, the bathroom shower,
where it’s often recommended
women check their breasts.
“None of us actually showered
together,” she says, laughing,
“but it was a great way to
remind people in a nonscary
way to do a breast self-exam.”
Get the guys involved.
Let the breast-obsessed men
in your life know they have
a new job: to pay extra close
attention to their S.O.’s chests,
and to speak up the second
something feels or looks
different, says Yael.
Be real with your parents. Remember that sex
talk they stumbled through
with you? It’s your turn. Urging
your folks to get screened for
cancer is worth it; lifesavingly
worth it. If they brush you off,
Yael says, you can employ the
good-old guilt trip: “If you can’t
do it for yourself, do it for me.”
KNOW THIS ONE THING ABOUT SUPPORTING A SICK FRIEND: “Giveherahug andtellherthat you’llbetherefor hernomatter what.Then followthrough.” —Krupali Tejura, M. D.
Owe it to yourself.
“You might not develop
cancer. Your kids might not.
But someone you love or
know probably will,” says Yael.
“It’s your responsibility
to yourself and others to
talk about it. The more
we talk, the more we’ll know
about catching it early.”
Your friend tells you that she has bad news.
You freeze up and say, “I don’t know what to
say.” Understandable, but not the most helpful.
Fact is, research shows breast-cancer patients
who get loads of emotional support tend to
fare better in the long run. Just ask Krupali Tejura, M. D., a
cancer doctor who knows all about bedside manner. She’s
not shy about hand-holding or using social media to give
her patients something to smile about (she often tweets out
their wish lists—tickets to the Ellen show; a powwow with a
famous musician—mobilizing her followers to pitch in). Take
a cue from Krupali and hone your own bedside manner by
learning what to say to someone who’s dealing with cancer.
THE AFFECTIONATE PHYSICIAN
Krupali Tejura, M. D.,
is a radiation
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