When Erin Smith Chieze posted an image of twelve lemons on Facebook, it went viral for all the right reasons.
In the post Erin explained how she was able to quickly spot the signs of her own breast cancer, get to her doctor and receive her diagnosis, all because someone had posted a similar image to Facebook.
The 12 lemons represent the many different ways breast cancer can show itself; from dimpling, a retracted nipple, a growing vein, or a hidden lump. Many of us mistakenly assume that a lump is the only symptom of breast cancer, but this simply isn’t the case.
The Worldwide Breast Cancer website, which hosts the original image of the lemons, specifies that if you find new changes like this that stay around, you should see your doctor.
The site also features another image of the inside of a lemon, which gives a clear picture of what women should be looking for when they check their breasts. A cancerous lump, they specify, is hard like a lemon seed, whereas the lymph nodes feel like small beans.