Time has healed what Rubens couldn’t.

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Real Life -

If you were to look at Rubens’ ‘Sam­son and Delilah’, com­pleted in 1610, you’d see a paint­ing very sim­i­lar to this pho­to­graph. Ex­cept, in Rubens’ work, the model’s nip­ple shows a sign of breast cancer. Rubens didn’t know this – he sim­ply painted what he saw. The model couldn’t have known ei­ther. Her fate is un­known and it’s likely she died from the symp­toms. But to­day, we can recog­nise the signs of breast cancer. The woman you see now had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy and re­con­struc­tion af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an ab­nor­mal­ity in her breasts.

Knowledge beats breast cancer.

You can be breast aware too. Learn the signs at breast­cancer­foun­da­tion.org.nz

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