Why Kris Jenner Chose To Share Photos From Her Mammogram On Social Media

"So important and can save lives."

With more than 21 million followers, Kris Jenner is certainly no stranger to the power of Instagram. This week, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star used that power to raise awareness of breast cancer and share the importance of mammograms.

Recommended

"I spent my morning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with this little baby today," Jenner wrote to caption a photo of her mammogram machine, encouraging others to get the exam. "So important and can save lives."

Jenner also pointed out that her mother is a breast cancer survivor, "and so are dozens of my friends." According to the American Cancer Society, there are currently more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Considering women in the United States reportedly have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer sometime in their lives, mammograms are important. In fact, a study showed that breast cancer deaths dropped 39 percent in the U.S. between 1989 and 2015, which was attributed to "improvements in treatment, and early detection by mammography." The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year, switching to every two years at age 55.

"Do this for your loved ones," Jenner wrote, adding, "I know all of us have someone in our lives who have dealt with cancer."

She later posted a photo of the machine used for her breast ultrasound, which she received "just to triple check." According to Radiology Info (per Bustle), ultrasounds can be used to diagnose abnormalities detected during physical exams, mammograms, or MRIs. They can also "help supplement mammography by detecting breast cancers that may not be visible with mammography."

Jenner wrote that the ultrasound "took about 15 minutes each side and gets under the arm, breast and nearer the chest in the middle," adding that it "didn't hurt at all" and only involved "some pressure." She added the hashtag #informationispower.

She isn't the only celebrity to raise breast cancer awareness through social media. Both Shannen Doherty and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have updated fans on Instagram and Twitter about their experiences with the disease, including chemotherapy and surgery.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Lady Gaga honored her late friend who battled the disease, encouraging others to share their stories. Carson Daly also shared a "goodbye letter" written by his mother during her cancer battle, which she ultimately survived, to encourage others to "never give up."

Cover image: Phil Stafford / Shutterstock.com

GET SOME POSITIVITY IN YOUR INBOX

Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.