Pink ribbons, 5K runs, illustrations of a hand to breast: The images associated with breast cancer awareness usually have nothing to do with what a cancerous breast looks like—which isn’t very helpful in a woman’s personal fight to stop the disease.
That’s why breast cancer survivor Erin Smith Chieze took to Facebook yesterday to express her frustration over this lack of knowledge among women, who are instead given “games” about posting hearts to spread breast cancer awareness. “We need to give REAL information, not cute hearts,” she wrote in her post. “Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for.”
Chieze said it wasn’t until someone shared a photo not of what breast cancer can feel like, but look like, that she recognized that an indent on her breast was troublesome. She was diagnosed with breast cancer five days later.
Though Chieze couldn’t find the original image that caught her attention online, she posted this one with lemons (which has been shared over 600 times as of this publishing) to show that breast cancer can come in a variety of shapes and abnormalities—from retracted nipples to growing veins to skin erosion.