Don’t Make This Mistake The Next Time You Do A Breast Cancer Self-Exam

This cancer patient is sharing some critical advice.

Nearly one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. However, thanks to advanced research and improved treatments, many women are successfully beating their cancer diagnosis. Additionally, breast self-exams are also helping thousands of women to help save their own lives, as early detection is key in treating cancer.

One woman from the U.K. shared a very important message on Facebook that we’d all be wise to remember when thinking about breast self-exams. Hayley Browning, a 27-year-old British woman, posted that she’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks prior after finding a lump in one of her breasts.

But here’s the rub: She could only feel the lump while lying down. As she wrote in her Facebook post, the lump “completely disappeared standing up.”

Browning’s message is incredibly important, because as she points out, most women are told to check for lumps in the shower. The theory is that this is the perfect time, as women are unclothed and free to reach and feel every nook and cranny. However, as Browning points out, this might not be enough, and she credits her self-exam while lying down with saving her life.