Recently, Kylie Armstrong of Melbourne, Australia noticed three faint dimples on the lower part of one of her breasts. Although she felt no lump, Armstrong went to her doctor just to be on the safe side.
It turns that was a smart decision.
Although her doctor also felt no lump, she helped Armstrong schedule a mammogram and then an ultrasound. The tests found cancer deep in her breast, near her muscle.
Having dimples on your breasts doesn't necessarily mean that you have cancer. For example, the dimples could be symptoms of fat necrosis. However, as Armstrong learned, you should always check with a doctor if you find unexpected dimples on your breasts — it could be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer.
Armstrong shared her story on Facebook to create awareness that "breast cancer is not always a detectable lump," and her post went viral.
"We are shocked, we are numb, we are emotional, we are sometimes ok, we are pretending it's not happening, we are trying to absorb information, we are dealing with tests, we are crying, we are trying to continue as normal," she wrote on Facebook. "We are angry, we are sad. We have more questions than answers. We are doing our best to cope. The messages and phone calls to me, my husband and my children sometimes help and sometimes make us all cry."
Armstrong had surgery on Friday to remove the cancer and is now feeling better. After her post went viral, she received numerous messages of hope, including from cancer survivors.
"I have been overwhelmed by the level of support I have received and by how far and wide my post has been shared," she wrote in a follow-up Facebook post. "Very importantly I have received messages from many that have decided to go have their breasts checked. I wish you well as you endure the torturous wait on your results."