A brave mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer just days ago has shared an intimate photo to warn others about unfamiliar symptoms of the disease.
While most of us associate a lump, swelling or a change in size or shape with breast cancer, it doesn’t always present itself that way.
This was the case for Sherrie Rhodes, a mother-of-three whose diagnosis started with a dimple.
After seeing a post on Facebook that named dimples as a sign of breast cancer, Rhodes decided to visit her GP upon discovering two dents in the side of her right breast, the Hull Daily Mail reports.
She was then referred to a breast clinic where she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer on Monday.
But despite the shock, Rhodes knew that she had to warn other women and took to Facebook to share a picture of the dimples.
“Yesterday I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” the brave mum wrote.
Yesterday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a total shock as this dimpling (in the pic) is the only symptom…
“It came as a total shock as this dimpling (in the pic) is the only symptom I had. I wasn’t too worried as there was no lump or anything. Unfortunately, it came back as breast cancer.
“Please check your breast regularly and don’t ignore anything that is different. If I hadn’t seen a post like this previously I wouldn’t have known that this dimpling was a sign of cancer. Please share and raise awareness.”
The Facebook post has since been shared more than 400 times with an abundance of women praising her for raising awareness while others have also come forward saying that they had no idea dimples were an indication of breast cancer.
“Early detection means better treatment outcomes. Well done Sherrie,” one commenter said.
Other possible symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast; a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts; discharge from a nipple; a lump or swelling in an armpit; dimpling on the skin of the breast; a rash on or around a nipple; or a change in the appearance of a nipple, such as becoming sunken.
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