Breast cancer is a disease that affects many people. Whether it is someone who is suffering from it, or those with family members who are going through treatment, it affects a large portion of the population. It can be treatable, depending on when it is found, but a lot of the times we don’t know the signs.
Two mothers who were each diagnosed with breast cancer have spoken out about what they wished they had noticed. It’s not always just lumps, there is more to watch out for.
Emily Lunn was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 after discovering a lump, but she hadn’t connected it to the symptoms she had experienced months before. She first noticed a milky discharge coming from her nipple four months before the lump appeared.
“I had no idea what it was, I just knew it was clearly not normal,” Lunn said. “My GP checked it out but told me it was nothing – it disappeared after a week.”
Months later when she found the lump, she realized that it was all connected. “I waited because I really thought it would be nothing. Now I wish I pursued my worries [earlier]… being told I have stage three breast cancer was like being hit by a train. I was reeling for weeks before it finally sank in.”
She has gone through treatment but it was a rough process for this mother of two. “Being breast aware is so important to me now. I’m constantly checking myself and looking for changes, anything unusual at all as I know so many things can mean breast cancer.”