Earlier this year Claire Warner was planning to remodel her kitchen, when she made a chilling discovery. The 41-year-old mother-of-two noticed something unusual about her left breast.
There was a noticeable dimple, however she couldn’t feel a lump.
Already knowing deep down exactly what she had just discovered, Claire set up a Twitter account called My Left Boob in order to take other women along on her important journey.
The lesson: There’s more to early breast cancer detection than just finding lumps.
Amanda McLeod found out she had the breast cancer gene when she was in her 20s’. She tells Monique Bowley about what it was like having double mastectomy
This is the profile photo of the Twitter account, a close-up of Claire’s left breast with a large dimple at the bottom, a sign of breast cancer most of us forget to look out for.
“This is a picture of my left boob,” she wrote.
“The small purplish bruise is where I had a biopsy taken. The minuscule dimple up and to the left of it is a rare and little-known symptom of BREAST CANCER. Blink and you’d miss it. I hope I’m one of the lucky ones.”
The small red dot on the right is the needle mark from the biopsy Claire had which confirmed she did indeed have breast cancer, specifically "invasive ductal carcinoma" which she is now being treated for.
Ten of Australia’s greatest female singers unite to transform Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ into a breast health awareness anthem for the touchmyselfproject.
Like most women Claire knew of the importance of regular breast checks, knowing to press gently across both breasts with her fingers feeling for lumps, continuing all the way to under each of her arms. What she wasn't aware of was the fact that dimpling of the breast as pictured above is another symptom of breast cancer.
When she presented to her doctor with the dimpling, he quickly found the corresponding lump, ordered tests and Claire began her treatment.