A woman says her fake boobs saved her life.
Litha Geogiades’ implants pushed a cancerous lump to the surface of her skin, alerting doctors to it.
This allowed her to seek treatment for the deadly disease, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The dental nurse, from Southend, said: "I have no family history of cancer and I had no pain or sensations from my left breast so the breast implant really did save my life.”
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Litha, who is mum to her son Edward, decided to get a boob job in 2004.
She boosted her C cup breasts to size F – and was very pleased with the results.
The parent said: "I absolutely loved my implants from the moment I got them. They looked amazing and I had no problems with them at all.”
It wasn’t until 2011 that Litha noticed a change to one of her breasts, so she went to her doctor for an examination.
She said: "I was washing my body in the shower when I suddenly felt this hard lump on my left breast – I'd never felt anything like it in my breast before.”
"When the doctor told me that I had cancer, I felt absolutely devastated. I never ever thought that something like this would happen to me.”
The diagnosis was a complete shock to Litha, who showed no other cancer warning signs.
She said: "I have no family history of cancer and I had no pain or sensations from my left breast so the breast implant really did save my life.”
Heartbreakingly, the mum was also told she would need a mastectomy as cancer had spread to her sentinel lymph node.
She explained: "Finding out that I had cancer, and that it had already spread, and that I'd need a mastectomy all in the same appointment was very difficult…
"It was so surreal, I didn't know who to call or what to say – it's such awful news, I didn't want to ruin anybody's day.
"I phoned my son's dad first, and then a few of my friends who had known I was going to get my results that day, and then I rang my mum.
"I felt like I'd been given a death sentence, and all I could think about was Edward and how I wanted to see him grow up and get married and become a grandma to his kids."
In July 2012, surgeons carried out Litha’s left breast mastectomy and reconstructive surgery using a silicone implant.
And following these ops, the mum returned to the hospital every three months for check-ups.
Her recovery seemed to be going well – but she found another lump in June 2017.
In another tragic blow, the mum was told that cancer had spread to her armpit, neck and spine.
Litha said: "I honestly wasn't expecting the cancer to have come back and again I went for my results all on my own.
"In the five years of thinking I was in the clear, I'd been back to work full time and I'd bought an apartment for me and Edward so that we had a home that we could call ours.
"Hearing it had come back was completely devastating – I thought my struggle was over, but here I was battling cancer yet again.”
Litha was put through rounds of gruelling radiotherapy and had to undertake oestrogen injections.
She remembered: "I had five blasts of radiotherapy on my neck which was just awful, it made me feel so sick and it made swallowing really difficult.
"They started me on oestrogen blockers to stop the cancer from spreading, but I was having to go to the hospital every month for these painful injections in my belly.
"I hated the injections, and eventually I opted to have my ovaries removed in March 2018.
"It was bitter sweet, as it would be for any woman, but I just could not deal with the injections every month for the rest of my life so it was the better choice for me."
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After years battling the disease, Litha’s fight continues.
Earlier this year, scans showed cancer had spread to her femur and liver.
The mum is set to start chemotherapy next month and hopes that living a healthy lifestyle will help her to overcome the illness.
Her 14-year-old son and ex-partner will be supporting her through the upcoming months.
Lithe added: "Edward's dad Ian and I split up back in 2010, but he's been great throughout all of this and he's an amazing dad to Edward.
"Although this is the worst thing that can happen to anyone, I feel so much good has come from my diagnosis.
"The love and support I have received from friends and family and even strangers has melted my heart.
"I feel so grateful to have such wonderful people in my life and I'm not giving up without a fight."
A GoFundMe page to raise money to help Litha during her ongoing cancer battle.
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