Why Not a BSE (Breast Self-Exam)? is an initiative founded by Cydney Hill, former Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2014 (MAOTEENDC), to promote her platform issue, Empowering Young Survivors of Breast Cancer. As MAOTEENDC 2014, Cydney was active in promoting her platform issue, throughout the Nation's Capital, Maryland and Virginia. Cydney was an Ambassador for the Tigerlily Foundation, hosted several informational breast cancer events were she gave out BSE instructional materials to young women in her community. Throughout her year of service, Cydney was invited to attend and speak at various cancer organization events where she talked about the importance of BSE's. During competition, Cydney gave her new 52 sisters at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015 pageant the gift of instructional BSE materials.
Why Not a BSE? is an unique idea Cydney came designed to creatively promote and advocate for BSE's. Cydney wanted to peak the interest of women under the age of 40. Cydney is very passionate about all women understanding how to properly and routinely perform a BSE.
Additionally, Cydney wanted to have a genuine personal and direct connection to the initiative, for that reason, the logo for "Why Not a BSE?" is actually a silhouette of herself. Cydney want to champion a worthy cause that would live on well after her 2014-2015 reign.
The to empower everyone to be empowered with the knowledge of how to perform a BSE.
This website is meant to be a source of information to empower women to understand the value of knowing how to perform a routine Breast Self-Exam.
"It is important to become familiar with the way your breast normally look and feel. Knowing what is normal for you may help you see or feel changes in your breasts (www.komen.org)."
BSE Interview with Dr. Bridget Oppong, Breast Surgeon, Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University Hospital 2015
I would like to thank Dr. Bridget Oppong and her staff at the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University Hospital for giving me valuable information about the importance of a BSE.
Cydney Hill, Miss District of Columbia's Outstanding Teen 2014 Speech at the Howard Theatre talking about her platform she developed, Why Not a BSE, Breast Self Exam, www.whynotabse.com and her mom's journey with battling breast cancer 3 times.
Cydney was honored to open the "Bustier Brunch" Celebration for breast cancer survivors at the Historic Howard Theatre with this inspirational solo in front of breast cancer survivors, dignitaries, government official, celebrities and a sold out theatre. That year's Keynote Speaker: Ms. Lynn Whitfield. Mistress of Ceremonies: Fox 5 News Anchor Shawn Yancy, and Radio Personality Triscina Grey, WHUR 96.3.
Choreographed by Paula Brown
Music: Whitney Houston
A Mother's Will to Live was choreographed by Cydney Hill when she was 16. This piece tells the story of what Cydney's mother went through as a 3x Breast Cancer Survivor. The piece was highlighted in her Senior Dance Project at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. This piece won first place in the dance category at the Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt 2015. This signature piece also earned Cydney a $14,000 dance scholarship to attend VCU. Music: Gravity by Sara Bareilles
In 2015, I produced this PSA to make sure women remember to make BSE's a daily routine. It was relevant then and now! Knowledge keeps us all alive and ahead of this terrible disease.