An Australian woman has shared the story of her breast cancer diagnosis in the hope of raising awareness to help others.
Kylie Armstrong wrote on Facebook that she discovered new dimples on the underside of her breast in February and became concerned. She felt no lumps and says her doctor did not feel lumps, either.
However, after her doctor ordered a mammogram and an ultrasound, it was discovered that the dimples were, in fact, breast cancer.
“This is what my breast cancer looks like,” Armstrong wrote in her Facebook post. “I felt no lump. The GP felt no lump. However, she listened to me when I said my breast looked different to usual and when I raised my arm I could see very, very faint dimples on the underside of my breast.”
Armstrong says the ultrasound showed that she had cancer deep in her breast, near the muscle.
Kylie says that she shared the post in the hope that she “can make people aware that Breast Cancer is not always a detectable lump.”
Dr. Sue Fraser told Mashable that Armstrong’s Facebook post is very helpful and that people should be aware that breast cancer can be detected in a number of ways, not just by finding a lump.
“Anything that raises awareness is good,” Dr. Fraser told Mashable. “Some people think breast cancer is just a lump, but in fact that is not true, it can present itself in other ways.”
Dr. Fraser says that other symptoms that may signify breast cancer include changes to the nipple, rashes that won’t heal, discharge from the nipple, the thickening of an area of the breast, lumps under the arm, and a change in the shape of the breast.