Katie Holmes tries to be proactive about her health for the sake of her seven-year-old daughter Suri Cruise as she wants "to be there" to watch her grow up.
The 35-year-old actress, who secured sole custody of Suri Cruise, seven, following her divorce from Tom Cruise in July 2012, is determined "to be there" to watch her daughter grow up.
The brunette beauty, who is teaming up with US department store Kohl's to encourage more women to join the fight against breast cancer, told PEOPLE.com: "I've known a lot of people who have been diagnosed and women tend to take care of everyone else before our own needs. Becoming a parent made me much more aware of my own health. I want to be there for my child for a long time."
The former 'Dawson's Creek' star also opened up about her love of living in New York City and how Manhattan has been "very good" to her and Suri.
She said: "I love the community in New York. I love New Yorkers. I ran into someone on the street the other day that I went to high school with. I love the moments of spontaneity every day."
She added: "New York has been very good to both of us. I love the theatre, the galleries in my neighbourhood. Stuff [like] that is so much of what makes me love this city. I love the Knicks. I love talking to my neighbours in the elevator. I like feeling a part of something big."