#FearlessWomen Social Media Campaign in Turkey Encouraged Women to Get Breast Exams
“Fearless women” is a rallying cry in many settings these days, but during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Turkey, it was a call for women to overcome their fear of getting a mammogram.
At an event featuring famous Turkish actress Ceyda Düvenci, GE Healthcare Turkey, Sephora Turkey and UPS Turkey launched the #FearlessWomen campaign to encourage women to get a breast exam.
The campaign addressed head-on the reality that 25% of women avoid screenings because of the discomfort of the process, and the fear and anxiety generated over the potential results of the exam.
However, mammograms can make a huge difference in the outcome for women diagnosed with the disease, which is the leading form of cancer for women globally and in Turkey.
The innovative #FearlessWomen (#KorkusuzKadınlar in Turkish) campaign leveraged the power of social media influencers who posted images of themselves with warrior marks on their faces using lipstick provided by Sephora Turkey to convey the concept that women should overcome their fear of having a mammogram.
Not only did Düvenci speak at the event launching the campaign, she also tagged friends and encouraged them, and all her followers, to be fearless and make an appointment for a mammogram.
Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, UPS used the imagery and messages from the social media campaign to help spread awareness to the wider public as it delivered thousands of shipments every day across the country.
It’s important to catch the disease early. Statistics show women diagnosed with early state (stage I) breast cancer have a nearly 100% survival rate, while those diagnosed with late stage (stage IV) breast cancer have only a 22% chance of surviving the disease.
“In rallying behind the #FearlessWomen project, we made a powerful statement: ‘We are aware, we are fighting, we are winning’,” said Yelda Ulu Colin, General Manager, GE Healthcare Turkey. “And we are taking a powerful social step forward in increasing awareness and understanding amongst Turkish women of this debilitating disease.”
GE Healthcare is a leader in addressing one of the main reasons women avoid screenings: the discomfort involved in the process.
GE Healthcare has designed a new mammography system that takes into consideration the feedback from patients, technology experts and radiologists. Using the Pristina Dueta, a breast compression device, women can use a controller to adjust the compression to provide more comfort.
Read more stories about GE Healthcare’s work to enhance healthcare across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey