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The Shocking Photo That Saved This Mom's Life From Breast Cancer

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We're always told to look out for telltale signs of breast cancer. From odd-shaped lumps to weird discoloring around your nipple, most of us have a pretty good understanding of when something is amiss. It's always good to be sure, especially about your own body. 

But this photo that one woman posted on her Facebook page proves that the symptoms aren't always in black and white. Lisa Royle, a 42-year-old mom, was diagnosed with breast cancer after she saw a small dimple in her breast — A dimple, not a lump. I wouldn't even think that a dimple could be something so dangerous.

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We're always taught to feel ourselves for an unknown feeling in our breast, like a bump, but never something like a dimple. What else is there that we need to look out for? 

How crazy is that?! We would've never thought this tiny thing could be an indication of something much more sinister. Not only is she brave for posting this, but she's also helping raise awareness about the smaller symptoms of breast cancer that aren't as well known.

It's always a good idea to talk to your female friends and family members and ask them if they regularly check their breasts, or even just share any information that you know. It's always good to be informed.

Breasts aren't just sexual, they're a body part that has so many uses, and it's important that we keep our breasts healthy, even if it feels embarrassing to do so. She wrote the following status:

"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 is all that I found on my boob. Very subtle dimples underneath that could easily be missed when we're all rushing around getting ready in the morning. Please take time to look at your boobs. It could save your life."

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Photo: Facebook

Ladies (and fellas!), the biggest lesson that we should all take from this is the fact that getting regular physicals is really important. Make it a whole day! Plan to get brunch with your girls after, and talk to them about their health too. It's better to get it over with than sit there and agonize.

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Talk to your doctor, ask any questions you have. Nothing is unimportant to know about. Seriously, we can't stress this enough. Even spending just five minutes doing a self-check can make a huge difference. Busy life = no excuses! Take a quick break at your desk and go to the bathroom to check in the mirror.

I know those fluorescent lights can be unflattering, but for this sake, look anyways. We need to keep our breasts healthy, for our sakes, and for everyone we love.

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Remember! You're keeping yourself healthy by checking every now and then.

Cassandra Rose writes about viral news, lifestyle, and relationship studies for Yourtango.

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