Life-Saving Poster Uses Lemons to Illustrate Different Signs of Breast Cancer

know your lemons worldwide breast cancer poster

At first glance, the bright and colorful Know Your Lemons poster may not appear to be dealing with an issue of life or death. A closer look, however, reveals the severity of the situation at hand. Created by the Worldwide Breast Cancer organization, the clever image uses manipulated photos of lemons to illustrate the tell-tale physical signs of breast cancer.

Each lemon represents a breast and features abnormalities associated with cancerous growths, from the sudden presence of a thick mass or a small bump to recently developed dimples or a new indentation. Some of the lemons' ailments are obvious and visually alter the skin, while others are a bit less conspicuous. Though the subject matter is undeniably nerve-wracking, the campaign's aim is to educate, not scare. Although all 12 of the symptoms can indicate cancerous tissue, they can also be completely benign. “Don't panic, some changes are normal,” the poster's preface reads. “But if it stays around be smart—show a doctor.”

Though several years old, the Know Your Lemons poster recently went viral thanks to a social media post by Erin Smith Chieze, a breast cancer survivor who had utilized it to recognize her own symptoms. Unhappy with the lackluster efforts of other online trends intended to raise awareness, and eager to inform women what exactly they should be looking out for, Chieze shared the image on Facebook. Since sharing the image, the post has garnered 22,000 likes and over 40,000 shares.

In addition to the “What Breast Cancer Can Look and Feel Like” poster, the campaign has also created other infographics, including one that serves as instructions for self-given breast exams as well as one that details what to do if you find something suspicious.  You can learn much more about the crucial campaign on Worldwide Breast Cancer's website.

Update: There is a newer version of the Know Your Lemons graphic with updated information.

know your lemons worldwide breast cancer poster

know your lemons worldwide breast cancer poster

know your lemons worldwide breast cancer poster

know your lemons worldwide breast cancer poster
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h/t: [A Plus]

All images via Worldwide Breast Cancer.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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