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Serena Williams has proven herself to be a formidable athlete with nerves of steel, but she made a brave move outside of the court that, in her words, put her outside her comfort zone. The tennis star went topless for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and shot a video as part of a campaign to rally others to learn more about how to prevent and combat the disease.

New York Post reports:

On Saturday, the 37-year-old tennis ace shared a topless video of herself singing the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself,” as part of a project to raise awareness for breast cancer.

“This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’ve recorded a version of The Divinyls’ global hit ‘I Touch Myself’ to remind women to self-check regularly,” Williams’ post began.

“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colors, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that,” she continued.

Williams added the video is part of the “I Touch Myself” project, which was created by Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died in 2013 following a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 53 years old.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of the condition and it is estimated that nearly 41,000 women will die this year alone as a result of the disease. Early prevention and frequent screenings can help tremendously in helping doctors identify the best courses for combating breast cancer.

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