Brandi Glanville is speaking out on the importance of early breast cancer detection.
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
star, who underwent surgery for the removal of a benign breast tumor in December 2012, is a supporter of The Pink Plate Campaign
, a movement created by five women, all breast cancer survivors, whose goal is to educate, promote and raise funds for breast cancer awareness.
"I've had some concerns in the past," Glanville, 43, tells ET. "I was lucky enough to have my early checkups and the 'concern' ended up being a benign tumor, but being that one of my best friends of 13 years, who is only 44 years old, had a double mastectomy and is going through aggressive treatments, it hit me really hard."
"I feel so strongly that women need to get checked, especially early on and educate themselves on breast cancer -- it is so important to make sure women get checkups, I can't say it enough," she continues. "Early detection saves lives and this is one of the reasons why I am behind this Pink Plate movement and their message."
Glanville explains that The Pink Plates' initiative is to "Paint the Roads Pink," especially in the state of California, and to save lives through the sale of specialized license plates.
According to the campaign's website
, all funds generated from sales of the California Pink Ribbon License Plate will be deposited into the Breast Cancer Control Account, which funds the Every Woman Counts program.
"These five incredible breast cancer survivors, some who are still fighting it every day, [it's] such an incredible cause," she adds. "Not to mention, all funds that are generated from the cute Pink Ribbon License Plates go to the Every Women Counts program, which helps provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms in California for underserved women."
Glanville tells ET that she hopes everyone will urge their family, friends and others close to them to purchase a Pink Plate and help spread the word.
"It's so important!" she says. "Plus, the plates are very super cute! I know the ladies need a 7,500 preorder, so let's help out, spread the word and let's save lives!"