I love a good bit of technology, especially one that makes my life a bit easier, which is why when Nestle Fitness got in touch and asked me to write about their tweeting bra, I was well and truly intrigued! A built-in low voltage Bluetooth unit is installed within the hook of the Tweeting Bra. Each time Greek celebrity Maria Bakodimou unhooks the bra, a signal is sent to the phone with the designated @TweetingBra account and a tweet is posted to remind their followers about the monthly self-exam.

As a woman, I try to remember to self-check my breasts as often as possible, but it’s definitely something that I should do more often, and I know I’m not alone in that, so I’m sure there are millions of women who could do with a reminder – which equates to thousands of women who could be saved by catching breast cancer in its earliest stages.

A couple of years after Sausage was born, I had a lump in my boob myself. I thought I’d go to the G.P. and they’d tell me it was nothing, but they were concerned about what they felt and referred me to the breast unit at my local hospital. Mercifully, the appointment came through quickly so I didn’t have to wait for too long and after being seen by a consultant they decided that the lump was nothing to worry about. Lumps can be caused by hormonal changes, which is what they concluded had caused mine, but getting it checked AS SOON as you spot it is absolutely vital.

Cancer is never the easiest topic to talk about – if I’m honest, I don’t even like saying or typing the word, but the more we face up to the dangers, the more chance we have of beating it.

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Some facts you may not have known about breast cancer:

+ Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year – of these about 400 are men (source: breastcancercare.org.uk)
+ Around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year
+ One woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive the disease for at least ten years than those diagnosed forty years ago.
+ More people are surviving breast cancer than ever before
+ Over 80% of women with breast cancer are still alive five years after diagnosis
+ 40 years ago, the five year survival rate for breast cancer was around 50 per cent
+ People are surviving longer thanks to advances in research, new treatments, earlier diagnosis, breast screening and breast cancer awareness.

If you’d like to learn more about the Tweeting Bra, go to the Tweeting Bra Website, or follow on Twitter to get reminders straight to your timeline, and get involved using the #tweetingbra hashtag.

Post sponsored by Nestlé Fitness