Three weeks ago, 27-year-old Hayley Browning was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She was checked into hospital after reporting a lump she discovered using a rather unorthodox technique. Since her diagnosis, Browning has taken to Facebook to share the “trick” she says could help save lives.
“This is a call out to all women to check for lumps lying down.”
“Most websites tell you to check for lumps in the shower but if I had followed this advice, the lump may have grown too large to be treatable,” she wrote.
“Not even the surgeon could feel my lump when I was standing up,” Browning claims.
“I want to reach as many people with this message and help find more #LaidBackLumps“
With the Facebook post garnering more than 130,000 shares, Hayley’s advice has already enlightened countless women. It’s also opened the floor for many breast cancer survivors to share their own unique stories.
“[my lump] was only visible if I stood in front of the mirror with my arms raised above my head,” one woman commented.
“Mine only picked up with mammogram so please ladies go to your routine call ups,” wrote another.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation says the breast cancer will affect one in 9 Canadian women during their lifetime. According to foundation statistics, 1 in 30 of of those women will die from the disease.
But with raised awareness and early detection, those numbers have shown a decline.
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