Videos and pictures go viral on a daily basis, but this most recent picture could save lives. Kylie Armstrong is a breast cancer patient who is hoping to help other women with early detection of the cancer, all through the power of one image shared on Facebook.
“These 3 very, very subtle DIMPLES on the bottom of this breast are a sign of BREAST CANCER!” Armstrong captioned the photo of her breast. “I felt no lump. The GP felt no lump…The ultrasound found the cancer deep in my breast close to the muscle.”
Kylie’s post went viral and has had worldwide coverage in the media. Loads of women have commented on her pictures, telling her that this image encouraged them to go to their GP and resulted in early detection, which quite likely saved their lives.
In a more recent post, Kylie shared that she is currently Breast Cancer free.
While the image may be confronting to some, it actually could help. According the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation dimpling or puckering is an unknown sign of breast cancer. Other breast cancer signs you didn’t know about include;
– changes in the skin of the breast, including dimpling, puckering or redness
– a change in breast shape or size
– unusual breast pain
– changes in the nipple, e.g. a turned-in nipple
– a nipple discharge
For more information on these symptoms and a few others, read this post.
The concerning thing about this is that it reminds us breast cancer is not always a detectable lump, which is the way most of us self test. If anything, this should remind us to get mammograms and to remind the ladies in our lives to do the same.
In slightly more positive breast cancer news scientists at Ascendant Dx have discovered that tears could potentially be used to detect breast cancer, with up to 90 percent accuracy. Read more about this research and how we found ourselves forcing ourselves to tear up in the name of science.