Alicia Keys Stars in Stella McCartney's Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness

Henrietta Strickland
September 28, 2017

Raising awareness of breast cancer is an important cause for Stella too, as her photographer mother Linda McCartney died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56.

Both their mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Alicia Keys and Stella McCartney are getting a head start on Breast Cancer Awareness month, which begins October 1. Alicia also shares that her mother is a breast cancer survivor, something she hasn't really spoken about in the media before.

'I'm showing my support by wearing Stella's attractive Ophelia Whistling lingerie set. While Keys' mum is a survivor, McCartney's lost her battle 19 years ago - just three years after diagnosis. "And to start a conversation and to break the taboos and to really encourage everybody to get checked", Keys concludes.

"It's really hard because you think, 'I've got to make sure I don't get cancer for the sake of my kids, and I'm going to make sure my sister doesn't get it for the sake of her kids", she said in a 2012 interview with the Sun.

Alicia and Stella also made a video posted to Youtube to spread their message. "So increasing that awareness is another reason this project is extremely important". This year's effort benefits the Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Examination Center of Harlem, hometown of Alicia Keys, who is the face of the campaign.

Statistics have shown that African American women have a 42 percent higher chance of breast cancer mortality than caucasian women.

Founded in 1979, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Examination Centre features an outreach programme and has screened more than 200,000 women for the disease, with experts also providing counselling and education services.

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