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Woman posts breast photo to let women know what cancer can look like

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(Tribune Media Wire) — A woman who lives in the United Kingdom posted a photo of her breast on Facebook in hopes of saving lives.

A week before she was scheduled for a mastectomy, Lisa Royle posted a photo of her breast on Facebook to show how subtle dimples can be an early sign of breast cancer.

“Ok so I never thought I’d 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,” she wrote in a May 11 post, embedded above.

In the photo, Royle’s dimples look small and may be easily overlooked. However, the indentations can sometimes be associated with breast cancer.

“Please take time to look at your boobs. It could save (your) life,” she wrote.

Dimpling or puckering of breast skin is just one of several possible indicators of cancer, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other possible warning signs include a new lump in the breast, thickening or swelling of part of the breast, pulling in of the nipple or nipple pain, or any change in the size or shape of the breast, the CDC said.

These symptoms can occur with other conditions that are not cancer and people do not have any signs or symptoms at all, so it’s crucial to get regular check ups and see your doctor if you notice any signs that worry you, the CDC said.

Royle’s photo has been shared almost 70,000 times. Her husband on Monday said the surgery went well.

“…the support has blown us away, so a massive thanks to u all,” he wrote in a comment on Doyle’s photo.