Disease & Illness

A Dimpled Breast Photo May Have Saved Her Life—So She Had To Share Her Own

About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. It's important to share this with your loved ones.

It was a typical summer day when Claire Warner first noticed a dimple in her left breast. She was not sure when it had first appeared. However, she stated that she would not have noticed it had it not been for a viral Facebook post she had seen of another woman’s similarly indented breast.

She made a doctor’s appointment that day after feeling around and detecting a lump. On July 1, 2016, she received her diagnosis: invasive ductal carcinoma. She began treatment right away, but knew she had to do something else, as well.

With the realization that another woman’s brave post had likely saved her life, Warner shared a photo of her own dimpled breast on Facebook.

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It has since been shared more than 60,000 times. She also started a Twitter account to share her experiences. Warner appropriately named the profile “My Left Boob.”

Following a mastectomy, reconstruction and lymph node removal, Warner was declared free of cancer.

Monthly breast exams are essential. John Hopkins University reports that 40 percent of breast cancer diagnoses began with women detecting lumps in their own breasts. Regularly feeling and looking at your breasts will alert you to other changes that might indicate cancer as well.