Erin Smith Chieze discovered what breast cancer looks like as well as feels like after she saw "Know Your Lemons" picture.
Chieze was diagnosed with stage-four metastatic breast cancer in January 2016."In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer," she wrote.
The picture, created by Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont of the Worldwide Breast Cancer group, helped her to go for a diagnosis of breast cancer."I knew all about self-exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease. Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn't have known what to look for."
Dr Dasha Fielder of Sapphire Family Medical Practice in Bondi Junction says that while it's still important to get regular breast exams by a medical professional, this test does raise awareness about the many forms breast cancer can come in.
"Lemons shown on the picture do resemble some of the changes seen, and I think this is a good reminder for women to check their breasts and pick up a change," she says.
"By no means does that picture replace an appointment with a doctor, however, and equally should not be used as a diagnostic tool."
"What is important, I think, is for a woman to know what their breast normally looks like and to notice any changes: this can be in the shape of the breast or nipple, symmetry, size, pain or discharge."
"The message should be that all women must check their breasts every three months and if they notice a change not to wait but to make an appointment with their family doctor for breast examination."
"Sometimes no change in the breast is seen at all, and unless you feel the breast, you will never find a problem, therefore, relying purely on the way the breast looks is not enough."