Keeping Healthy Breasts For A Lifetime
Time changes the shape of the breasts, along with the rest of your body.
During the years of childbirth and menopause, changes occur and the main goal should be maintaining a healthy pair along with a healthy lifestyle.
Less Firm Breasts
Breastfeeding is natural and there is good reason to do it. Its one of the best things that you can do for your bundle of joy and for you since it offers some solid protection from getting breast cancer.
Common myth explains that breastfeeding causes breasts to sag but in real sense the act of nursing has nothing to do with that. You see, during the period of lactation, the breast swells and after the period is over, the skin around the breasts does not follow when the breast size reduces.
Chances are you want to stop this from happening, right? For starters try a sports bra when jogging to prevent the breasts from being all jumpy. This helps maintain their ligaments tight thus preventing the sagging. It is not a long term solution but it is worth it. If you wear one as a normal trend then don’t expect too much change since the breasts bouncing is not usual. Wearing the right and correct bra size can also help.
Secondly, quit smoking since it weakens the elasticity of the skin. The right bra cup size before the pregnancy is also important. Increased number of pregnancies also cause breast sagging. Age is something that has to come and time reduces the fat around the breasts and this reduces the firmness. Coopers ligaments that hold the breasts up also weaken with time, leading to even more sagging.
If you’re wondering if you can exercise yourself to a firmer chest, then the answer is no since the breasts have no muscles. They contain fibrous fatty and dense glandular tissue instead.
Breast Cancer And Your Age
If you are aged below 39, the risk of getting breast cancer is at a minimum. Unless of course your family has some history of breast cancer, then there is really no cause for alarm. This does not mean taking it easy until you reach the age. Actually it is best to conduct frequent exams on yourself to check for any lumps or any skin changes like dimpling. Any pains or anything that you consider weird or unusual should be reported to the doctor immediately. Despite popular belief that breast self exams are not effective method of reducing breast cancer, it is a method nonetheless and doctors advice it. This especially 5-10 days into your periods since the hormonal effect will be a bit minor and results of your exams will be more accurate.
If you’re thinking getting a mammogram then that is not the best idea since the density of the breast tissue gives the machines a hard time in detecting any risks.
Women In Their 30s
This period is marked by high levels of estrogen that assist in maintaining the firmness of your breasts.
If during your exams you encounter breast pains or cysts and lumpiness chances are they are benign and cannot cause any cancer. Breast pain comes with menstrual periods but sometime it does not elevate after your period are gone. To help ease this pain try avoiding caffeine.
You can also feel some rubbery lumps consisting of fibrous and glandular tissue. They are however not cancerous and can be surgically removed if the option is desired.
Women In Their 40s
If there ever is a better time to get that mammogram then this is probably it, keeping the checks at one or two years’ intervals. It’s best to have one at 40 especially if your family background records breast cancer. Breasts in this age are less glandular tissue and have more fat.
The bad news about this age bracket is that the chances of getting cancer are increased to 68%. Atypical ductal hyperplasia makes entry at this period too. What happens is that the cells (abnormal) in the milk ducts heighten the chances of getting breast cancer.
Cysts are fluid filled sacs that are not cancerous and appear as a breast lumps. They can be removed or drained surgically since they can cause pain. Other changes might be:
- Nipple tenderness or discharge
- Skin changes like scales or dimples that cause itching
- Near in or around breast and underarm there is firm tissue or a lump
- Change in the shape of the breast or its size
- An inverted nipple into the breast
Women In Their 50s
Estrogen and other hormonal effects are lost. Glandular tissues that are responsible for milk production are also a bit laid back since milk is no longer needed or produced. It is characterized by tissue atrophy.
Mammograms at this age are kept at a constant of one each year. Since the breasts have more fat, there is ease in detecting breast cancer. It’s a direct proportion facilitated by lessened breast density.
Any lumps during this period are to be treated with a doctor’s visit unlike in younger women where it might be cyclical with the menstrual cycle.
Keeping a healthy lifestyle is essential and this includes keeping weight in check. Excess weight has a tendency of increasing risks as far as breast cancer is concerned.