Dimples are cute on the face. Not so cute on a breast—in fact, dimpling and skin changes can be an indication of breast cancer.
A woman in the United Kingdom learned this from a friend who saw an article in an online newspaper and it may have saved her life.
Claire Warner didn’t feel ill and she felt no lump but she read the article recommended by her friend about a woman who noticed a dimple on her breast and had posted a photograph on Facebook to raise awareness—the post went viral. (1)
The dimple was an early sign of breast cancer.
Claire then examined her own breasts and found a similar dimple—she followed the previous example and posted a photo of her own breast that shows a slight shadow.
Something so subtle is very easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.
- A change in size or shape
- Redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
- Discharge that comes from the nipple without squeezing
- A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
- A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
- A change in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling, similar to an orange peel
- Your nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing its position or shape
- Constant pain in your breast or armpit
- Inexplicable pain in the back, ribs, or side that doesn’t go away