This Viral Photo Of Lemons Can Help You Learn To Identify Signs Of Breast Cancer

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For Glamour , by Jessica Militare.

Courtesy of Know Your Lemons Campaign/ Worldwide Breast Cancer Organization

Breast cancer is unbelievably common in America: One in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. With those scary facts, its so important to get to know your own body, your breasts, and what to look out for when it comes to early warning signs of breast cancer so you can be informed when you talk to your doctor. That is why one Facebook user is trying to help other women get in the know with a photo of lemons thats been shared more than 22,000 times.

Hoping to get the word out about breast cancer awareness, survivor Erin Chieze posted the photo below and opened up about her breast cancer story. The thorough graphic, which comes from the Worldwide Breast Cancer organizations Know Your Lemons campaign, offers an easy-to-visualize guidebook to the physical signs and symptoms men and women should be aware of when doing a self-exam. The image reminds us that knowledge of signs should go beyond merely the presence or absence of a lump.

The image reminds us that knowledge of signs should go beyond only the presence or absence of a lump.

In December of 2015 when I considered an indentation that looked like one of those scenes, I instantaneously knew I had breast cancer, Chieze wrote. I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was nonpalpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer five days later, and with stage 4 the following month, she explained. I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self-exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease.

Chieze, a 38 -year-old mom and nursing student, stressed that people need helpful information about breast and called for an end to trivializing awareness through too simplified social information campaign.( The trend of women sending one another heart emojis as a reminder to get their annual breast exams triggered her initial post .) She underscored the importance of going beyond hearts and ribbons and knowing exactly what to look for.

We need to give REAL information, Chieze continued. Without having insured[ this] picture haphazardly, I wouldnt have known what to look for. Do us a favor, stop playing games…and start truly helping people. Metastatic breast cancer treatment the investigations and real awareness.

The post received hundreds of commentaries: Some agreed with Chieze but others defended the heart sharing as a technique of recollecting to perform monthly exams.

Chieze told Bustle: I just wanted to write a note to my friends and family, hoping to provide a visual tool similar to what I find, that only might help someone else. But now knowing that this may reach a much larger audience, I feel grateful that maybe just person or persons out there will see it, get to their doctor, and have the chance of much greater outcomes.

In July breast cancer survivor Claire Warner shared a photo on Facebook of a subtle symptom on her breast skin dimpling which garnered a lot of shares and attention. For all the negativity that social media can bring, these womens posts present the power of the mantra Sharing is caring and that tales like these are vital.

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