A cancer patient’s post about how she discovered she had breast cancer has gone viral thanks to the information she shared about how to check yourself.
Hayley Browning was diagnosed with the illness three weeks ago but argues that if she’d only checked herself the way health experts recommend, she may not have discovered the lump at all.
In her Facebook post, she explained that she could only feel the lump while she was lying down and that it completely disappeared when she stood up.
‘Most websites tell you to check for lumps in the shower but if I had followed this advice, the lump may have grown too large to be treatable,’ she wrote.
‘Not even the surgeon could feel my lump when I was standing up.’
Since the diagnosis, Hayley has started the hashtag #LaidBackLumps in the hope that other women will use the simple technique to check for any breast abnormality.
‘This is a call out to all women to check for lumps lying down, as well as standing up,’ she wrote.
‘As I think about my long journey ahead and the chemotherapy I will undertake, I want to reach as many people with this message and help find more #LaidBackLumps.’
Cancer Council Australia CEO Sanchia Aranda agrees with the technique saying that this is how most doctors would check for lumps in a clinic.
Speaking to news.com.au, Aranda said:
‘It involves lying down with your arm behind your head and using the hand on your opposite side to check your arm pits, your breasts and around your clavicle.’
The Cancer Council stresses that the most important thing to remember is to be ‘breast aware’ and know what’s normal for you.
‘As the hormone levels change during your menstrual cycle, you can develop lumps. Some women have very lumpy breasts. Some are lumpy all the time, some are just lumpy during the menstrual cycle.
‘If you know something about what feels normal for you, then you know what feels not so normal.’
article by Provided by Associated News
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