Before undergoing her mastectomy in response to a stage II breast cancer diagnosis, Lisa Royle wanted to use her breasts to make a difference in other women’s lives.
She decided to do something that may seem a little drastic to some — she posted a picture on Facebook of the dimpled skin on her left breast, the first sign that led to her diagnosis.
She blocked out her nipple with a cartoon heart, and the photo is cropped very close-up, with the dimple circled in red.
In her caption beneath the photo, Royle described the simplicity of the symptom, saying there were “very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we’re all rushing round getting ready in a morning.”
Dimples are a less-talked-about breast cancer symptom, but changes in your skin — whether it’s a change in texture or appearance — should not be overlooked.
She ends with a very important message: “Please take time to look at your boobs. It could save your life.”
We couldn’t agree more.
The photo has been shared more than 74,000 times. She shared with TODAY that she hopes the photo “encourages everyone to check their boobs regularly, not just feel for lumps but to look for changes too.”
Royle underwent a mastectomy, as well as chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy.
“Hearing you have cancer is the scariest thing but it could have been a lot worse had I not spotted it as early as I have,” she says.
Encourage your loved ones to check themselves — and don’t overlook this little-known sign!
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