On the cobbles, Sally Dynevor’s character was devastated when she learned of her breast cancer diagnosis. Yet, by enacting the storyline, she discovered a real “tiny” lump in her own breast. Recounting her experience, Sally said: “I just had a little feel and I could feel something really tiny.” Alerted by the find, the mother-of-three went to get checked over by medical professionals.
On the breasts, there may be:
- A thick area
- A dimple
- Nipple crust
- New fluid
- Skin sores
- A bump
- A growing vein
- A sunken nipple
- A new shape or size
- “Orange peel” skin
- And it may be red or hot.
The charity recommends feeling for “any swelling, or new lumps, from your armpit to your collarbone to the bottom of your rib cage.”
Mammograms reportedly can find a cancerous lump before it can be felt.
This is why all women aged 50 and over will be invited by the NHS to attend breast screening every three years until the age of 71.
The national health service pointed out that one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
“There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected at an early stage,” the NHS assured.
When breast cancer spreads, like it did in Sally’s case, it is known as metastatic breast cancer.
The general warning signs of metastatic breast cancer, as highlighted by Cancer Research UK, are:
- Feeling tired
- Low energy levels
- Feeling under the weather
- Having less appetite
- Unexplained weight loss.
What are the lymph nodes?
“Lymph nodes are part of a system of tubes and glands in the body that filters body fluids and fights infection,” Cancer Research stated.
If cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, they may feel hard and swollen.
Symptoms might include:
- A lump or swelling under your armpit
- Swelling in your arm or hand (lymphoedema)
- A lump or swelling in your breast bone or collar bone area.
Thankfully, Sally underwent successful treatment that has enabled her to carry on living.
Nowadays, Sally Dynevor is a contestant on ITV’s Dancing On Ice, which airs on Sunday, January 23 at 6.30pm.