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I was drying my hair when I saw something unusual in the mirror

A WOMAN remembered the moment she saw something unusual in the mirror that saved her life.

Susan Hunter-Dabson was blow drying her hair and noticed something odd as she raised her arm.

Susan Hunter-Dabson noticed something unusual about the appearance of her left breast while drying her hair

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Susan Hunter-Dabson noticed something unusual about the appearance of her left breast while drying her hairCredit: BPM

The 57-year-old told ITV News: “I was blow drying my hair and when I raised my arm the rounded cup part of my chest flattened out.

“I was a G cup so it was difficult to feel anything but I knew the looks weren’t right.

“Because my mother had cancer when she was young and beat her, I decided to go to the GP.”

Most people associate breast cancer with a lump.

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But there are around a dozen symptoms of the disease, some less well known than others.

This can include a change in breast shape or size, or flattening or shrinking of the breast.

Tingling or thickening of the skin, or bloody, smelly, or cloudy fluid from the nipple can also be important signs.

It’s important to be “breast aware” – so you know what your breasts normally look like – so you can spot changes early on.

Susan, from Bedfordshire, was assured by her GP that her symptoms were unlikely to be a cause for concern – other medical conditions could be the cause.

But he still referred her for tests.

Susan said: “While I was worried about the results, I was confident it wasn’t going to be anything too serious.

“My husband Simon came to my appointment and I’m so glad he came because out of the blue I was told I had cancer.

“It was such a shock that I really couldn’t believe I had cancer.

“I was stunned after being told I had a 6cm mass in my left breast, then during the exam doctors found another primary cancer in my right breast.”

Susan began six months of chemotherapy before having surgery to remove some breast tissue.

She had four surgeries followed by four weeks of radiation therapy.

Fortunately, after Susan’s ordeal, which lasted over a year, she was told that her cancer was in remission.

She said she “broke down in tears” because it was the “greatest relief.”

“I knew I had a future,” she said.

Following her experience, Susan is now raising money for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the charity’s Cycle 300 campaign.

Elisa Mitchell, from Cancer Research’s Bedfordshire office, said: “Over the past 20 years, the incredible generosity and dedication of people like Susan have helped Cancer Research UK make discoveries that have saved countless lives, and millions of people benefit around the world.

“But we still have so much more to do. So we hope Susan’s story will set off a chain reaction across Bedfordshire that will help us continue to invest in science today to provide tomorrow’s treatments.”

In the UK around 56,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and there are 11,500 deaths.

The main symptoms in the breast that can indicate breast cancer

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The main symptoms in the breast that can indicate breast cancer

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