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How to detect breast cancer, using lemons

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 4/07/2017 Katie Avis-Riordan

How to detect breast cancer, using lemons © Banar Fil Ardhi / EyeEm / Getty How to detect breast cancer, using lemons They're an unlikely aid, but lemons are helping women across the UK detect breast cancer symptoms.

The important message has spread after a recent post from Worldwide Breast Cancer's Know Your Lemons campaign has gone viral. The helpful infographic uses images of lemons in an egg box to depict the different signs and symptoms of breast cancer in a clear and colourful way.

With breast cancer being the most common form of cancer in the UK, it's a life-saving message which every man and woman needs to acknowledge and share.

The founder of Worldwide Breast Cancer, Corrine Beaumont, created the Know Your Lemons campaign as a simple way to show how the symptoms of breast cancer look and feel, the BBC reports.

After Corrine lost both grandmothers to breast cancer, she wanted to spread more information about how to detect the disease. 

"Some patients don't want to talk about breasts or look at them," she told the BBC. "Often women used in campaigns don't look like ordinary women - but even those with little literacy can understand this."

The campaign, which begun 2003, has gone global. It's been translated into 16 different languages and is educating people from the US to Lebanon. More recently, it has gained momentum after Erin Smith Chieze shared it on social media.

This message comes at an even more crucial time as a recent survey of 1,000 women, carried out by Breast Cancer Care, found that a third of women don't check their breasts regularly for symptoms. It is essential to self-asses as often as you can so you are aware of what is normal for your body and, in turn, be able to pick up on anything new and different.

Many of us know to look out for the obvious signs of a lump, but are less in the know that dimpling, indentations or nipple changes can also be signs.

Take advantage of this fun and friendly way to approach an intimidating topic and make sure you share it with your friends and family.

Thank you @goodhq and everyone else for sharing the #knowyourlemons image and success! http://ow.ly/SFne307ZoD6 Keep sharing!!

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