The Doctors: Yael Cohen F— Cancer “Touch Yourself”
Yael Cohen, founder of the nonprofit “F— Cancer” joined The Doctors to talk about their new “Touch Yourself” initiative to spot cancer early with self detection.
Cohen founded the organization after seeing the response she got after getting her mom, who had breast cancer, a shirt that said F— Cancer. She wants young people to talk to their parents about self detection, and said that 90% of cancer is curable if it’s caught in stage one.
Cohen said that when her mom was diagnosed, she noticed that no one talks to her generation because they’re the least at risk. Dr. Lisa Masterson said that ladies do need to get comfortable with their bodies and do need to touch themselves.
The Drs: How to Do a Breast Self Exam
Dr. Masterson said that with the pads of your three fingers, you should go from your collarbone to your armpit. You should be doing a self exam every month. She said to get to know your body really well so that you’ll notice if there are changes.
Aside from a mammogram, Dr. Masterson said that there are three other cancer screenings that you need to know about.
The Doctors: Halo Breast Pap Test
The first is the Halo Breast Pap Test, which takes five minutes and is noninvasive. The Halo Breast Pap Test uses warmth, massage and suction to collect nipple fluid from the milk ducts. The milk ducts are where 95% of all breast cancers originate.
The fluid is tested for cellular abnormalities. If you’re over 25 and you have a family history of breast cancer, Dr. Masterson said you should consider the Halo Breast Pap Test.
The Drs TV: HPV Test and Colonoscopy
The second test is the HPV test for cervical cancer. It’s recommended starting with women ages 30 to 35, but Dr. Masterson said you should talk to your doctor about when you should start having it.
The last test that Dr. Masterson recommends is a colonoscopy. She said that colon cancer affects more women than all the gynocologic cancers combined. Learn more about these life saving tests in the video below.