Would You Spot A Common Sign Of Breast Cancer?
BY THOROUGH SEARCH, EVEN WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE, YOU JUST MIGHT SAVE YOURSELF
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 .