Would You Spot A Com­mon Sign Of Breast Can­cer?

BY THOR­OUGH SEARCH, EVEN WITH­OUT ANY AS­SIS­TANCE, YOU JUST MIGHT SAVE YOUR­SELF

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Amother-of-two bat­tling can­cer has shared a pho­to­graph of a barely vis­i­ble dim­ple on her breast. That tiny shadow is her only symp­tom of the dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease. Claire Warner said she would not have spot­ted the seem­ingly in­nocu­ous bump un­less her friend had shown her an ar­ti­cle about the lesser-known warn­ing sign. She can­not feel a lump - the most com­mon in­di­ca­tor of breast can­cer - and she doesn’t feel ill. Now she is pub­li­cis­ing an im­age of her left breast to warn other women. The chill­ing pho­to­graph has been shared more than 16,000 times. Post­ing the pho­to­graph on her Face­book page, Ms Warner wrote: “Ok, here goes - the Face­book sta­tus and photo I never dreamt I’d be post­ing - PLEASE READ and more im­por­tantly LOOK!

“This is a pic­ture of my left boob. The small pur­plish bruise is where I had a biopsy taken. “The mi­nus­cule dim­ple up and to the left of it is a rare and lit­tle-known symp­tom of BREAST CAN­CER.

“Blink and you’d miss it. I only spot­ted it thanks to an­other post shared by an amaz­ing friend.”

She added: “I can’t feel the lump, even now that I know it’s there. I’m not ill. My only symp­tom is this dim­ple.” Ms Warner, who is based in the UK, said she hopes she is ‘one of the lucky ones’. Daily Mail On­line was not able to im­me­di­ately con­firm where Ms Warner is from the UK.

“I’ve caught it ex­cep­tion­ally early (only thanks to some­one else shar­ing a sim­i­lar post),” Ms Warner wrote. Ms Warner spot­ted her dim­ple af­ter read­ing a Daily Mail On­line ar­ti­cle about an­other woman with breast can­cer, Lisa Royle. Mother-of-four Ms Royle, from Manch­ester, posted the pic­ture of her dim­ple on her Face­book page in May 2015. The photo, like Ms Warner’s, went vi­ral. With the im­age, she urged women to check their own breasts for the easy-to-miss symp­tom.

For­tu­nately it was in the early stages, and she had a mas­tec­tomy. And last week Lisa, 43, told Face­book friends her mam­mo­gram came up can­cer-free.

She wrote: ‘Just got my first mam­mo­gram re­sults and it was all clear!!

‘Thought it would be but af­ter last year I’ll never take it for granted. Cel­e­brat­ing with a vino.’ Hav­ing un­der­gone a biopsy, Ms Warner said she hopes her case will be sim­i­lar.

‘[W]hile it’s a nasty bug­ger, it is one small con­tained lump and af­ter surgery, chemo and ra­dio ther­apy, I’ve every hope of be­ing cured,’ she wrote on Face­book. Women are ad­vised to check them­selves reg­u­larly and to get mam­mo­grams.

Eight key signs to look out for are swelling of all or part of the breast, skin ir­ri­ta­tion or dim­pling breast pain, and nip­ple pain or the nip­ple turn­ing in­ward. Other symp­toms in­clude red­ness, sca­li­ness, or thick­en­ing of the nip­ple or breast skin, a nip­ple dis­charge other than breast milk, and a lump or con­stant pain in the un­der­arm area. About one in eight Amer­i­can women will de­velop in­va­sive breast can­cer over her life­time. Eight-five per cent of cases are not ge­netic.

Other symp­toms in­clude red­ness, sca­li­ness, or thick­en­ing of the nip­ple or breast skin, a nip­ple dis­charge other than breast milk, and a lump or con­stant pain in the un­der­arm area. About one in eight Amer­i­can women will de­velop in­va­sive breast can­cer over her life­time. Eight-five per cent of cases are not ge­netic.

This Breast Can­cer Care graphic re­veals eight signs of the dis­ease. They in­clude a change in size or shape, a red­ness or rash, a lump of thick­en­ing of the breast tis­sue and puck­er­ing or dim­pling of the skin.

Women should also check for dis­charge from the nip­ple, a swelling in their armpit or col­lar­bone, an in­verted nip­ple or con­stant pain in your breast or armpit. If you spot any signs go and see your GP straight away.

Blink and you’ll miss it: This shadow-like dim­ple on Claire Warner’s breast is in fact a breast can­cer symp­tom .

Claire Warner.

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