Mum claimed her boob job 'saved her life' after she found a lump

Mother claims her boob job ‘saved her life’ after the implants pushed a hidden 17mm cancerous lump to the surface

  • Rebecca Craggs, 53, from Birmingham, claimed a boob job ‘saved her life’
  • After it pushed a hidden lump to the surface that turned out to be breast cancer
  • She was diagnosed with grade two invasive lobular breast cancer in December
  • The mum-of-two had the 17mm lump surgically removed and it didn’t spread 
  • The former marketing executive ‘counts her lucky stars’ that she had a boob job

A mum has claimed a boob job ‘saved her life’ after it pushed a hidden lump to the surface that turned out to be breast cancer.

Rebecca Craggs, from Birmingham, West Midlands, had breast implants fitted last October.

A fortnight later, while removing her bandages, her ‘heart-sank’ as she felt a hard broad bean-sized lump on her right breast.

The 53-year-old dashed to see a GP to get it checked out and was eventually diagnosed with grade two invasive lobular breast cancer at the beginning of December.

Rebecca Craggs, from Birmingham, West Midlands, claimed a boob job ‘saved her life’ after it pushed a hidden lump to the surface that turned out to be breast cancer

The mum-of-two had the 17mm lump surgically removed and received the good news that it hadn’t spread, which was followed by three weeks of radiotherapy at the beginning of this April.

The former marketing executive ‘counts her lucky stars’ that she had the cosmetic surgery which enabled her to catch the cancer in the nick of time – as she wasn’t due a mammogram for another two years.

After a whirlwind ordeal, Rebecca is keen to raise awareness of the importance of going for routine mammograms and to regularly check for any lumps and bumps.

Rebecca said: ‘I’m just counting my lucky stars that I actually had the boob job. Basically it was the implants that pushed the lump forward.

Rebecca showed the scar on her breast from the lumpectomy and the effects of radiotherapy on her skin 

The 53-year-old dashed to see a GP to get it checked out and was eventually diagnosed with grade two invasive lobular breast cancer at the beginning of December

Rebecca took a mirror selfie in her blue scrubs during her radiotherapy four months after he boob job 

‘So without that, I could have been wandering around not knowing I had it thinking that 15 months ago my mammogram was clear and I wasn’t due another one for another two years.

‘Unless it would have grown really quickly I wouldn’t have felt it, so that was a blessing in disguise in a way.

‘Because of the boob job I caught it early so it hadn’t gone to my lymph nodes.

‘It definitely could have saved my life. It saved it from progressing to further stages and ending up in my lungs, liver or whatever.’

Rebecca had been toying with the idea of a boob job to make them more voluminous for around two years before she bit the bullet and had the procedure last October.

Rebecca had been toying with the idea of a boob job to make them more voluminous for around two years before she bit the bullet and had the procedure last October (pictured before her boob job)

Rebecca was beaming just before her boob job surgery which saved her life last October in hospital 

Rebecca took a selfie during her radiotherapy planning meeting with the hospital three months after her boob job 

Rebecca said: ‘I had the surgery and it was brilliant and I was really pleased but then two weeks later I was like ‘oh my gosh, there’s a lump there on the side of my right breast’.

‘I think it was the first time I took it [surgical bra and bandages] off and had a look and that’s when I found it.

‘It was like a mm below the skin and it moved. It was really prominent – like a hard broad bean and about the size of one too.

‘I didn’t know what it was, was it scar tissue?

‘My heart-sank. I was thinking ‘oh God’. I was just worried because your mind just races and you think of every scenario – of course I was thinking ‘cancer’.’

Rebecca got in to see her GP two weeks later in mid November to have the lump looked at.

She was told that it looked like a cyst and ‘wasn’t anything to worry about’ but was referred to the breast unit at Birmingham City Hospital.

She attended within two weeks where she had an ultrasound and a mammogram.

Rebecca said: ‘Then I had a biopsy and went back to see the consultant, I could tell by their faces and they couldn’t tell me there and then because the results had to be sent off.

After a whirlwind ordeal, Rebecca is keen to raise awareness of the importance of going for routine mammograms and to regularly check for any lumps and bumps (pictured two weeks after having radiotherapy)

Rebecca beamed with happiness 11 months after having her boob job and after the lump was removed 

They also removed an extra four mm of tissue around the tumour and she was later told that the margins were clear and that the cancer hadn’t spread any further

BREAST CANCER SYMPTOMS

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump in their breast or some thickening.

Breast symptoms to look out for:

A new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit

Change in size, shape or feel of your breast

Skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin

Fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding

Changes in the position of nipple

 

‘Then she brought a cancer nurse in and I thought ‘oh my God’ and I was by myself. Then she took me into a room and I just broke down.

‘Three days later it came back that I had breast cancer.

‘It was a really weird moment because I knew in my mind, I thought I had it.. I didn’t react at all really, I already knew.

‘Even the consultant said ‘God, you’re taking this really well’. I think a few days later it suddenly hit me.

‘The worst part was those three days waiting, that’s even worse than being diagnosed because your mind is going through every scenario, could it be this, could it be that?’

After receiving the life-changing diagnosis, Rebecca had a lumpectomy and biopsy of her lymph nodes on the 29th December.

They also removed an extra four mm of tissue around the tumour and she was later told that the margins were clear and that the cancer hadn’t spread any further.

She also had three weeks of radiotherapy at the beginning of this April.

The mum-of-two now checks her breasts daily and will go for annual mammograms for the next five years.

Rebecca said: ‘There’s loads of ladies who missed their mammogram over lockdown and that’s really concerning because there’s loads of ladies walking around with breast cancer without knowing.

The mother beamed nine months after having her boob job which saved her life and her breast cancer diagnosis 

The mum-of-two now checks her breasts daily and will go for annual mammograms for the next five years (pictured 10 months after her boob job)

‘Definitely book a mammogram and check your boobs all the time.

‘And if you have got a lump, don’t be scared to go to the doctor because it’s only going to get worse if something’s wrong.

‘Because a lot of people think, ‘oh, it’s nothing, I’ll do it later’ or they’re too scared just in case it’s something, well if it is something you need to get it sorted.

‘I had a cancerous spinal tumour 16 years ago and got sepsis a couple of years ago and that was awful, so all these things together make me think – ‘just live your life’, gosh. Because I think life is too short.’

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