A ‘trick’ to finding breast cancer goes viral on Facebook–here’s what was missing from the message
"This week a Facebook post from user Hayley Browning on her “trick” to finding breast cancer went viral, garnering 150,000+ shares, and 22,000 comments in just a handful of days.
“3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I could only feel the lump whilst lying down and it completely disappeared standing up. …this is a call out to all women to check for lumps lying down, as well as standing up,” her post states.
In the era of heated political rhetoric, it’s impressive to see a post about basic health information do so well.
Yet–you knew there was a yet, didn’t you?–we also cringed just a little, especially as we skimmed CBS News’s write-up on the post. We expected that their story would flesh out Browning’s post, which, after all, is her personal opinion–she’s not a medical expert, and hopefully her Facebook readers realized that and took her advice with a grain of salt. But CBS didn’t elaborate on the pros and cons of breast self-exams; instead, it just added a little bit more on how to do one."
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(Hayley Browning - HealthNewsReview.org)