No doubt you’ve heard before that it’s a good—and convenient—idea to check your breasts for potentially cancerous lumps when you’re in the shower. Cancer patient Hayley Browning did monthly shower checks and examined her breasts in the mirror on occasion—but she detected a suspicious lump in a completely different way.
Browning, 27, was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks ago, and she’s now sharing the “trick” she discovered that led to her diagnosis in hopes that it will help other women.
“I’m hoping to share a little trick of mine with as many people as possible, which could potentially help save someone’s life,” Browning wrote in a Facebook post on February 4. “Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I could only feel the lump whilst lying down and it completely disappeared [when I was] standing up.”
Browning points out that most websites encourage women to check for lumps in the shower, but if she had only followed that advice, her lump may have gone undetected, giving her a worse prognosis. “Not even the surgeon could feel my lump when I was standing up,” she says. “So, this is a call-out to all women to check for lumps lying down, as well as standing up.”
Browning is getting ready to undergo chemotherapy and says she wants to try to help others. “I want to reach as many people with this message and help find more #LaidBackLumps,” she says.
Browning’s Facebook post has since been shared 115,000 times and earned more than 23,000 comments, with some women sharing similar breast cancer detection stories.