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Breast cancer: 12 symptoms to be aware of

Breast cancer: 12 symptoms to be aware of
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An image has recently gone viral, of 12 lemons in an egg carton. It is part of the “Know Your Lemons” campaign, which is aimed at fighting breast cancer. Led by the Worldwide Breast Cancer organisation for the past number of years, this campaign aims to raise awareness of 12 signs of breast cancer that women should learn to recognise. Share this article with as many women as you can!

Screen for breast cancer using lemons

Given that breast cancer screening is only automatically offered by the NHS for women aged 50 to 70, the rest of us need to be aware of the symptoms to look out for. 

The image below shows lemons with different characteristics in an egg carton, representing the different shapes and forms that can appear on a woman’s breasts when she is affected by breast cancer. The image was made by the creator of the visual campaign Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont, who is also the founder of the Worldwide Breast Cancer organisation.

Thanks to this campaign which has been widely distributed throughout social media, many web users, including Erin Schmith, learned that they had breast cancer, as they noticed a similarity between their symptoms and what they saw in the images.

Breast cancer: the 12 symptoms to recognise

From left to right and top to bottom, here are the various symptoms of breast cancer, as illustrated by the lemons:

  1. A thick mass
  2. Indentation
  3. Skin erosion
  4. Red or hot
  5. New fluid
  6. Dimpling
  7. Bump(s)
  8. Growing vein
  9. Sunken nipple
  10. New shape/size
  11. Orange peel skin
  12. Invisible lump

Share this image and this article with as many people as possible, to join the fight against breast cancer!

Sources: L’Avenir, Madmoizelle, Worldwide Breast Cancer