#MixForBoobs: Ogilvy Social.Lab, NRJ Belgium and Pink Ribbon Belgium help young women detect breast cancer with DJ techniques

To mark International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ogilvy Social.Lab, NRJ Belgium and Pink Ribbon Belgium are launching an original campaign to teach essential hand movements that every woman should know, using the tip of her fingers: how to perform a self-examination and spot the nine warning signs of breast cancer.

It is often thought that breast cancer only affects women over the age of 40, but almost 5% of all breast cancer cases occur in younger women. Unfortunately, teenage girls and young women show little concern, or, at least, are not aware of breast self-examination procedures. Ogilvy Social.Lab developed #MixForBoobs for NRJ Belgium and Pink Ribbon Belgium to address this issue.

#MixForBoobs is an original campaign and an educational programme based on a simple but unpublicised fact: the scratching techniques used by DJs to mix on vinyl decks are identical to the self-examination techniques that all women must learn to detect breast cancer. This idea of using the codes of vinyl scratching in a playful and relevant way to raise awareness of breast self-examination among a younger audience immediately appealed to NRJ Belgium.

“When Ogilvy Social.Lab presented us with the idea, we were immediately seduced. Since then, we have worked together, hand in hand, to bring this project to fruition in the middle of a pandemic. The task wasn’t easy, but the teams didn’t give up: They were aware that we had in our hands a real idea full of meaning for the NRJ brand and its listeners“, says Laure Di Francesco, Head of Communication at NRJ.

Christophe Crasselts, Chief Growth Officer at Ogilvy Social.Lab, adds: “When you know that 90% of women detect breast cancer themselves, you realise how important it is to educate people about self-care. But how can we induce this reflex from an early age? This is the challenge we decided to take on with #MixForBoobs – by completely renewing the usual codes of prevention campaigns.”

Under the supervision of the medical experts of Pink Ribbon Belgium, Ogilvy Social.Lab and NRJ Belgium have produced two double vinyl albums to support the demonstration of self-care techniques. The albums contain a new song, the different tracks of which correspond to the time needed for each self-care gesture, and the lyrics of which serve as instructions for use while stressing the importance of screening.  

To visualise the techniques, the agency and the radio station also shot a video clip showing artists and influencers learning self-checks using the discs. Video tutorials on social networks and on the NRJ Belgium website explain the right gestures in a playful way and invite each woman to reproduce them in front of her mirror to detect the nine warning signs of breast cancer in time.

The #MixForBoobs campaign will be launched on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and the French and Dutch websites of NRJ Belgium from October 1st, with the support of Clara Luciani, Typh Barrow, Julie Taton and many other artists and influencers, to reach as many young women as possible. A video clip, tutorials, testimonials from a medical expert and breast cancer survivors explain the steps and remind us that breast cancer strikes at any age.

Many elements of the campaign, including a unique TikTok challenge, have been designed to be highly participatory and easy to share. Indeed, the more women see #MixForBoobs, the more of them will master breast self-examination and the nine warning signs… which we hope will help save lives.

1Pink Ribbon, Belgium, 2018.

The guests:

  • Clara Luciani
  • Typh Barrow
  • Charles
  • Saskia
  • Aurélie Van Daelen
  • Gaëlle Van Rosen
  • Julie Taton
  • Shalimar Debru
  • Audrey Piolé
  • Julie Vermeire
  • Noortje Palmers
  • DJ Lady G


Agency: Ogilvy Social.Lab Belgium

  • Account Team : Sabrina Schuller, Alyssia Cnudde  
  • Chief Growth Officer: Christophe Crasselts 
  • Strategy: Julie Frederickx, Beatriz Chufani, Victoria Van Wymeersch 
  • CCO: Pete Case
  • ECD: Jan Teulingkx, Gabriel Araujo  
  • Creative Team: Antoinette Ribas, Gregory Ginterdaele  
  • Creatives: Clémentine Bailly, Marine Quéré, Pieter Decanniere
  • Creative Manager: Gabriela Toader 
  • Design: Xavier Vanderplancke, Rebecca Vallicon
  • Media: Mathieu De Moor, Inès Banga, Reginald Forrest, Marine De Decker
  • Influence: Stefan Bisoux, James Baldwin, Rahul Titus, Molly Theron
  • PR: Laura Verbeelen
  • Director: Lisa Carletta
  • Photographer: Lisa Carletta
  • DOP: Romain Ferrand
  • TV Producer: Sofie Van de Wauwer
  • Editing: Hyper Film
  • Grading: Friction
  • Composer: DJ ND, JANEE
  • Retouching: Yelle Vandenbruaene (The Living Room)
  • Stylism: Francis Boesmans, Liesbeth Verlinden 
  • Art Department: Dries Vanoirbeek
  • Food Stylism: Anja Spriet
  • Production (interviews): Jean-Sebastien, Aurélien Delacroix (DELAPRO’D)
  • Design (Vinyles): Romain Riousse (Studio Plastac)
  • Production (Vinyles): Frank Machtelinckx, Marianne DeMeuleneire
  • Voice/Singer (Vinyles): Catherine Sackville-Scott
  • Technical crew (Shooting): Ryszard Karcz, Thomas Gérard, Denis Antheunissens  
  • Food Photographer: Eveline Boone  
  • Background (Shooting): Michael Vercruysse   
  • Photograph Assistant: Samir Dari  
  • Make Up Artist: Elke & Laetitia de Wilde  
  • Scouting: Ruben  
  • Studio Location: Monev Studio   
  • Choreographer: Loys Assal 
  • Dancers: Sarah Kaya, Crazy Su  

Relentless passion & support: the full Ogilvy Social.Lab Belgium team

​NRJ Belgique, NRJ België, Pink Ribbon

​Miguel Aguza, Laure di Francesco, Fiona Gillen, Gaelle Leys, Khalid Boussouf, Solenn Bouw (NRJ Belgique), Sofie Callewaert, Nathalie Delporte, Jo Nachtergaele, Lucas Borgmans (NRJ België), Aimé Van Hecke (Pink Ribbon)

Special Mentions
​Clara Luciani, Typh Barrow, Charles, Saskia, Aurélie Van Daelen, Gaëlle Van Rosen, Julie Taton, Shalimar Debru, Audrey Piolé, Julie Vermeire, Noortje Palmers, DJ Lady, Maxime Jonckheere