October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October we want to be more than just aware – we want to act. That’s why Good Clean Love has partnered with Keep A Breast Foundation to support their efforts in breast cancer prevention.
Keep A Breast's motto and driving mission is to promote the idea that“prevention is the cure”. Their organization is pioneering new ways to get women involved with their health: from apps to art, their campaign is enabling those with the tools to lead a preventative lifestyle.
They’ve even compiled a list of 12 basic things you can do to help prevent breast cancer. This list is awesome. Despite the sometimes overwhelming statistics and grief associated with this disease, there is hope. This list highlights simple actions you can incorporate into your daily routine to lower your risk for breast cancer. As you might imagine, number five really hit home with us: “Check your labels.”
Why Non-Toxic Ingredients Matter
Chemicals are often found in your food, beauty, grooming and household products. We recommend using fewer products with simpler ingredients. Your skin is your largest organ, be good to it! What you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Pay attention to the ingredients in your personal care products.
Everything we produce at Good Clean Love has been designed to be as safe as possible. All our products are non-toxic. Our lubricants, wipes, and washes are Bio Matched™ to mimic the vagina's natural pH and salinity content.
Each of our products is made with the highest quality, food grade ingredients, and are safe for consumption. In short, we know that what you put in your body is important.
The Benefit of Self-Checks
Our initiative is to combine breast self-check and all natural oils to encourage and educate women about the benefits of regularly checking themselves, or having their partner check their breasts. Self-checks are helpful in detecting early stage cancer.
Johns Hopkins reports that 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump and further suggests that all women should do self-exams monthly. However, the issue is that women simply aren’t checking themselves this frequently. (It’s not exactly a process one would consider fun). We are here to change that.
Self-checks are critical in a preventative lifestyle. However, many don’t realize that these checks could be a wonderful occasion for intimacy. As our founder Wendy says, “any body part slippery is way sexier than that part dry”. So is it possible to make these checks something we wouldn’t want to skip? Is there sensuality to be found in something as serious as a breast check? We at Good Clean Love believe so.
Partner and self-checks are effective because as individuals and couples we are best attuned to our own bodies. Through exploration we have grown to know what is “normal”, what feels and looks normal. Familiarity with your breasts can alert you of when something doesn’t look or feel right. And who is the most familiar with our bodies than ourselves and our lovers?
Inviting Your Partner to Help with Breast Checks
Besides, what is more romantic than having your lover potentially save your life once a month? According to the National Cancer Institute when breast cancer is detected in the early localized stage the five year survival rate is 98%.
It’s as simple as downloading Keep A Breast’s new app that walks you through the steps of a self-check. We certainly recommend adding one of our three Love Oils or other oils as needed. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are even some Kamasutra positions out there designed with cancer screening in mind. Sexy!
If you’re not convinced yet, see it as an opportunity to deepen a connection with your partner. Having a support system is key in the event of a diagnosis, but this preventative measure shows commitment to your loved one regardless. Even something as clinical as a breast check can be made intimate by a supportive partner. Incorporating a bit more healthy intimacy in your daily routine never hurt anyone, in this case it could save a life.