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Olivia Newton-John helps us all become breast aware

'Grease' star launches self-exam kit

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Breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John is teaming up Curves gyms founder Diane Heavin to distribute a new device that makes checking for lumps that much easier 

15 OCTOBER 2008

After finding worldwide fame in Grease, Olivia Newton-John has perhaps become just as well known for her battle with breast cancer, of which she is now a long-term survivor. But to help ensure other women have the same chance as herself of beating the disease, the actress has developed a breast self-examination kit to make looking for lumps that bit more reassuring.

Liv Aid is a simple device, cleared by the Food And Drug Administration in America, that makes breast exams easier and more comfortable. In the form of a heart-shaped, thin, silicone pillow filled with a non-toxic lubricant, Liv Aid reduces the friction between fingers and breast so you can move across the area you're examining more smoothly, which should make lumps easier to feel.

"Being a breast cancer 'thriver', I know that early detection is key to good breast health," says Olivia, whose cancer was diagnosed in 1992 but is now free from the disease.

Curves, the nationwide chain of women-only gyms, has started a campaign to distribute a million of the kits around the world during this current Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The kits also come with details of how you can sign up to free email alerts from Olivia about maintaining breast health.

Anyone booking a fitness assessment with the chain will be able to pick one up for free or they can be bought for £4.99 from Curves by calling 0800 1300544, which should direct you straight to your nearest gym. Visit www.curves.com for further details.