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Breast cancer: this clever guide explains exactly what breast cancer looks and feels like

The visual representation has gone viral

Nearly every single one of us can say that either we or our family has been affected by some form of cancer, one way or another.

According to Breast Cancer Care, one in every eight women will suffer from breast cancer at some point in their lives.

Now, we all know that we need to check our breasts regularly to check for breast cancer. But what are we actually looking for?

Corinne's diagram has now been shared over 3,600 times (Credit: Facebook/ Worldwide Breast Cancer)

Luckily, a designer from Idaho has come up with the perfect boob metaphor - lemons.

Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont, who now lives in London, set up the project in 2002 as part of her degree. Both of her grandmothers died of the disease, as did one of her closest childhood friends. She then took it one step further two years ago, setting up Worldwide Breast Cancer as an official charity with her own savings, and it has gone from strength to strength.

She created a diagram using lemons to show the different symptoms of breast cancer, which include lumps, growing veins, skin sores and leaking.

Corinne also created an image using lemons to show what's going on inside the breast (Credit: Facebook/ Worldwide Breast Cancer)

The images have gone viral, being shared over 3,600 times, and Corinne appeared on BBC News today to discuss the issue.

In a video she shared on her Facebook at the BBC studios, Corinne said: "The World Health Organisation has a goal to reduce deaths from cancer globally by 25% by the year 2025. And so, we think the #KnowYourLemons campaign could play a huge role in that by helping women around the world detect their symptoms at a time when it is more curable.

"It doesn't matter if you can't read very well, it doesn't matter if you're shy about breasts - it's one of the most popular images in the world right now, lives are being saved by sharing and that's because of you."

This diagram shows the steps that are taken to cure breast cancer (Credit: Facebook/ Worldwide Breast Cancer)

To help the campaign, you can either share the images on the Facebook post or alternatively, you can donate here.

Have you been affected by breast cancer? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter.

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