A woman has shared a photograph of the underside of her breast to raise awareness of a little-known symptom of breast cancer.
Kylie Armstrong, from Melbourne in Australia, was diagnosed with cancer after a slight change in her skin caused her enough concern to ask doctors to investigate.
She then posted the photo to Facebook, asking others to share it.
Kylie wrote: “Please take a good look at this photo. These 3 very, very subtle DIMPLES on the bottom of this breast are a sign of breast cancer! This is what my breast cancer looks like.” (sic)
She goes on to explain that she didn’t feel a lump – a symptom more commonly associated with the disease – and neither did her GP.
But after Kylie inisted there was something different about her breast, her doctor paid attention.
Please take a good look at this photo. These 3 very, very subtle DIMPLES on the bottom of this breast are a sign of…
She said: “She listened to me when I said my breast looked different to usual and when I raised my arm I could see very, very faint dimples on the underside of my breast.
“The GP sent me for a mammogram to be sure. It wasn’t obvious on the scan so they sent me for an ultrasound.
“The ultrasound found the cancer deep in my breast close to the muscle. These three dimples have turned my world and my family’s world upside down.
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“We are shocked, we are numb, we are emotional, we are sometimes OK, we are pretending it’s not happening, we are trying to absorb information, we are dealing with tests, we are crying, we are trying to continue as normal.
Kylie says her family’s world has been turned upside down since her diagnosis
“We are angry, we are sad. We have more questions than answers. We are doing our best to cope.
“I am sharing this because I hope I can make people aware that breast cancer is not always a detectable lump.
“Please go straight to your GP if you notice ANY change in your breast. It could save your life.
“Please share to spread awareness.”
Since Kylie posted the picture to Facebook, it has been shared over 124,000 times and counting.
If you have concerns or want to know more about breast cancer, information on the symptoms is available on the NHS website here . Always consult your GP if you are worried about your health.
via : dailyrecord – Health