A woman battling breast cancer has shared a picture of her breast on Facebook to raise awareness of an uncommon sign of the disease: a slight dimple.
Lisa Royle, from Manchester, England, shared the picture on her Facebook page a week ago and since then the image has gone viral, having been shared more than 55,000 times and getting more than 32,000 likes.
The photo shows a subtle dimple, barely visible on the underside of Lisa’s left breast. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Breast cancer patient Lisa Royle, 42, shared this picture, right, showing a dimple on her left breast, days before undergoing a mastectomy.
2. The mother-of-four urged other women to look for the signs of the disease, adding it could save their lives.
In the caption to the image, the 42-year-old mother of four urged other women to take the time to check their breasts for signs of cancer. She wrote:
I never thought I would post a boob picture on Facebook, but I thought I would before it gets chopped off next week.
So here it is. This all that I found on my boob.
Very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we’re all rushing round getting ready in a morning.
Please take time to look at your boobs. It could save your life.
3. Lisa’s husband, Craig (pictured with her), called her an “inspiration”. Thanking friends and strangers for sharing and liking her picture, he added: “Together we can make people aware and kick cancer’s ass.”
Husband Craig Royle praised his wife’s brave action, calling her an “inspiration”. He thanked everyone who had shared or liked Lisa’s picture. Craig wrote:
Together we can make people aware and kick cancer’s ass.
My wife is an absolute inspiration.
In an update posted on Monday, he wrote:
Lisa is out of surgery and doing really well.
Bit groggy from the morphine but in good spirits and should be home later this evening.
The support has blown us away so a massive thanks to you all.
4. Lisa’s picture has so far received more than 32,000 likes and has been shared more than 55,000 times.
5. Hundreds of people have commented, giving their support and thanking Lisa for raising awareness.
Lisa’s sister, Claire Osmand, who has set up a Share A Gift fundraising page in her sister’s honor, also praised Lisa’s bravery. She wrote:
Sometimes you just feel useless, and that’s exactly how I feel as my sister lies in hospital today after having a mastectomy aged 42.
She doesn’t deserve that, neither does her family and she certainly doesn’t deserve to lose her hair as well.
So, I thought I’d set up this page after a picture of Lisa’s boob went literally viral on Facebook.
Lisa has done a bloody great job of raising awareness about looking at your boobs, the least we can do is help her get a nice wig and bra, and maybe some spending money for her Florida 2016 holiday, which I know she is focusing on.
6. Lisa’s sister, Claire Osmand, right, has set up a fundraising page to help her sister buy a wig and bra. She said she hopes to raise enough to give Lisa and her family some spending money to enjoy a much-needed holiday to Florida, planned for next year.
Charity Breast Cancer Care urges women to get a regular check-up for symptoms of breast cancer.
Eight vital signs to look out for are a change in size or shape, redness or a rash around the nipple, discharge from the nipple, a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone, a lump or thickening of the breast tissue, puckering or dimpling of the skin, an inverted nipple and constant pain in your breast or armpit.
7. Breast cancer symptoms, signs and types — Cancer Research UK.
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