What are the signs of breast cancer lump? Woman credits op shop bra for cancer diagnosis


Aussie woman reveals how a $6 BRA at an op shop led to her shock breast cancer diagnosis: ‘I owe it my life, don’t be like me’

  • An Australian woman has revealed how she found cancer after op shop visit
  • The woman bought a bra but found after a few days it was not comfortable
  • She investigated and found a  lump on the bottom of her breast

An Australian woman has revealed how buying a $6 bra saved her life, after making her realise she had a cancerous lump in her breast.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, bought the new bra from an op shop after seeing it was just $6.

But after a few days she became annoyed by the new wardrobe essential which wasn’t fitting right.

An Australian woman has revealed how buying a $6 bra saved her life, after making her realise she had a cancerous lump in her breast

‘Upon trying to figure out why, I found a large lump at the bottom of my breast,’ she said.

The discovery led to the woman going in for a lumpectomy and then treatment for breast cancer.

‘I owe this bra my life, essentially,’ she wrote.

‘Thank you to whoever gave away this nearly new Sloggi bra. Best $6 I’ve ever spent.’

The woman’s anonymous post has been seen by thousands of people, who thanked her for sharing her story.

‘Sometimes the op shop purchase finds you, not the other way around. I hope you are getting better and your life is filled with many blessings,’ one woman said.

How do I check for breast cancer? 

Take the time to ‘get to know’ how your breasts normally look and feel through normal regular activities (such as showering, getting dressed, using body lotion or looking in the mirror). 

You don’t need to use a special technique, but ensure you look at and feel your breasts regularly. Make sure this includes all parts of your breast, your armpit and up to your collarbone.

For women of all ages, it is recommended that you be breast aware. Breast awareness is being familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts, so that you can identify any unusual changes (such as a new lump, thickening in the breast, especially if it is only in one breast, changes to the shape or size of the breast or changes to the shape of the nipple).


A new lump is one of the most common signs of breast cancer. Lumps that are breast cancers can vary. For example, they may be painless or painful. Lumps can also be a sign of a benign (non-cancerous) breast condition. However, if you have found a new lump or breast change, it is important to see your doctor so that it can be checked by a health professional. 

It is important to remember that breast awareness does not replace having regular mammograms and other screening tests as recommended by your doctor. Some people diagnosed with breast cancer have signs or symptoms. However, some women have no signs/symptoms and the breast cancer is found during a screening mammogram.

Anyone can get breast cancer. Men and women. Young and old. Breast cancer does not discriminate. 

‘I think you will triumph over cancer. This bra was so meant to be yours. It had a purpose and did its job. I wish you a speedy but gentle recovery,’ said another.

The woman went on to reveal she hasn’t worn the bra since her diagnosis.

‘But I will keep it always. And I still visit the op shop regularly. Please don’t be like me, and have those mammograms and do those self checks,’ she said.

She believes finding the bra and lump was down to ‘divine intervention’.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer? 

Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are:

New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)

Thickening or swelling of part of the breast

Irritation or dimpling of breast skin

Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast

Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area

Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood

Any change in the size or the shape of the breast

Pain in any area of the breast

Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.

Source: CDC



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