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She took a picture of her breasts to show women how hard it is to spot cancer.

It is not often you see a ‘breast selfie’ that is this important.

This isn’t the usual type of selfie that gets shared on Facebook.

But this picture is one that needs to be shared –  as it could save lives.

42-year old Lisa Royle. (Facebook)

This mother-of-four from Manchester in the UK has posted a photo on Facebook of her breast just days before undergoing a mastectomy showing the tiny dimple which she found leading her to a breast cancer diagnosis.

The photo has now been shared more than 60,000 times.

42-year old Lisa Royle wrote “I never thought I would post a boob picture on Facebook, but I thought I would before it gets chopped off next week. “

“So here it is. This all that I found on my boob.

“Very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we’re all rushing round getting ready in a morning.”

The image shows a slight dimple just visible on the underside of her breast.

She urged other women to “take time to look at your boobs.”

“So here it is….. This all that I found on my boob.”

After finding the dimple Lisa underwent a mastectomy – having the procedure just days ago.

Her husband Craig posted on the page that his wife was an inspiration. “Together we can make people aware and kick cancer’s ass. My wife is an absolute inspiration.”

Husband Craig Royle posted “My wife is an inspiration.”

He updated followers with her progress saying “Lisa is out of surgery and doing really well.”

Bit groggy from the morphine but in good spirits and should be home later this evening.

The support has blown us away so a massive thanks to you all.

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Lisa and her husband, Craig. (Facebook)

Her sister, Claire Osmand wrote of how she was in awe of her sister.

She has set up a fundraising page to help buy Lisa a wig and bras for post surgery. She wrote:

“Sometimes you just feel useless, and that’s exactly how I feel as my sister lies in hospital today after having a mastectomy aged 42.

She doesn’t deserve that, neither does her family and she certainly doesn’t deserve to lose her hair as well.

So, I thought I’d set up this page after a picture of Lisa’s boob went literally viral on Facebook.”

Lisa has done a bloody great job of raising awareness about looking at your boobs, the least we can do is help her get a nice wig and bra, and maybe some spending money for her Florida 2016 holiday, which I know she is focusing on.”

Lisa Royle and her sister, Claire Osmand. (Facebook)

What we need to focus on is spreading the word – even a small change in your breast needs to be evaluated.

In Australia the incidence of breast cancer is increasing accounting for 28.0 per cent of all new cancers in women. In 2011, breast cancer was the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Australian women, accounting for 15.6 per cent of all cancer deaths in women.

A closer look at the “dimple” which was the first sign.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation signs of breast cancer can be:

A change in how the breast or nipple feels:

  • Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  •  A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast  (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  • A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)

Change in the breast or nipple appearance:

  •  Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling anywhere on the breast
  •  Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  •  Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  • Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
  • Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  •  Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange

Any nipple discharge—particularly clear discharge or bloody discharge:

  • It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated.

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