Breast cancer remains one of the most common cancers among Australian women and while the survival rates continue to improve, one Australian cancer survivor saw a need for high quality, non-irritant and luxurious products for cancer patients.
In late 2006 Stephanie Devine was diagnosed with breast cancer and during her six years in remission she struggled to find stylish, feminine and comfortable bras in natural fibres to assist with scars and sensitivity from radiotherapy.
Stephanie says launching Essential Luxuries for Cancer in 2012 gave her the opportunity to offer a normalised and simple process for purchasing things women need for that horrible journey.
Stephanie describes her main reason for designing organic cotton lingerie being that the only options at the time were maternity bras.
“With just being told I would never have children post chemotherapy, this felt unjust in the extreme. With one in eight women in this country being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, many young women diagnosed with Breast Cancer are reluctant to wear maternity bras, as they will be left infertile by their chemotherapy,” she says.
Stephanie’s line includes pure cashmere beanies, shawls and socks, pure linen bedding and hospital pajamas, along with cotton wireless bras.
Any pink Essential Luxuries for Cancer or Bras without Wires’ purchase will see 10 per cent donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund research for a cure.
Make sure to check your breasts regularly for:
• New lumps or lumpiness, especially in one breast.
• A constant unusual pain
• Changes to size or shape of breasts
• Redness, ulceration or inversions of nipples
• Nipple discharge