Breast cancer anthem revealed

In 1991 the Divinyls, led by Chrissie Amphlett released the provocatively titled single I touch myself. Essentially an anthem to masturbation, it became her signature song.

Sadly, this talented singer and songwriter died last April from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Before she died, she shared her hope that her song would remind all women to perform regular breast examinations.

In an imaginative response, the Cancer Council NSW has encouraged 10 Australian women, including Chrissie’s cousin Little Pattie, to record their version of her famous song. Others on the recording are Sarah Blasko, Megan Washington, Kate Ceberano, Deborah Conway and another famous breast cancer survivor, Olivia Newton John.

Those who buy the rerecording on iTunes will be sharing a donation with the Cancer Council.

Read more at the Huffington Post website.

Watch Chrissie’s original version here

Watch the new black and white

Opinion: Touch yourself now!

The risk of developing breast cancer for Australian women is about one in eight, with approximately 14,000 cases per year. These numbers are high. But the best news comes for those lucky enough to receive an early diagnosis. If you are one of the 12 per cent diagnosed, your chances of survival are extremely high. It is so sad that a talented and vibrant individual such as Chrissie Amphlett died so young. But what a magnificent legacy she has left with a song which reaches out and grabs our attention. A song which demands we take action on our own behalf.

The new anthem, including Chrissie’s cousin Pattie and the indefatigable Olivia Newton John, is a masterpiece of understatement. Shot in black and white, ten feisty and talented women share a stark and much needed reminder that our futures are in our own hands, literally. I urge you to watch the above video and take control of your health today. Don’t be one of the unlucky ones whose cancer is discovered when it has moved from a single lump to the lymph nodes and beyond. A diagnosis of breast cancer does not have to mean you are about to die. On the contrary, an early diagnosis of breast cancer can mean there is a very high chance you will undergo treatment and live to encourage other women to touch themselves, early and often.

What about you? Do you self examine? Are you a survivor? What is your story?

Written by Kaye Fallick