Healthy Breasts- FOR LIFE!

Breast health has been all over the news this week due to celebrity Anjelina Jolie announcing she had a preventative double mastectomy with full reconstruction to lower her risks of developing breast cancer in the future. Now, most women are concerned that their breasts are too big or to small or not as firm and youthful as they once were, but one thing is for certain,  every woman wants healthy breasts for a life time.   As we age, our breasts change along with the rest of our body.  During our childbearing years we wonder if breastfeeding is going change the way our breasts look, then following menopause , we might be more concerned about the breast cancer risk.  Here are a few tips to help us with our breasts as we enter our 30's, 40's, and 50's.

In our thirty's, fortunately, breast problems tend to be benign. Younger women commonly experience fibrocystic breast disease with consists of breast pain, cysts, and noncancerous lumpiness.  Most often, breast pain is cyclic, coming with menstrual periods.  Fibroadenomas  in our 30's are rubbery lumps made of fibrous and glandular tissue are not cancerous, but they can hurt, and if bothersome, they can be surgically removed.  Worried about sagging breasts from breastfeeding? Do not be!!! Breastfeeding offers long-term protection against breast cancer.  One of the best gifts we can give ourselves and our babies is to breastfeed for as long as possible.

FORTY! Yes, I know that word just sounds old.  During this decade, our breast shape continues to change, our breasts contain less glandular tissue but more fat, leading to more sagging.  Cysts are the most common type of breast lump at this age. These fluid filled sacs are not cancerous, but again, these can be painful and can be removed.  Changes in the cellular structure of our breasts like atypical ductal hyperplasia may begin during this age, these abnormal cells in the milk ducts increase our chances of breast cancer.  This is when the dreaded mammogram screenings start to come into play.  Mammograms between the ages of 40 and 49 give us a one in 68 chance of finding the cancer in early stages.

In our fifty's... Menopause causes our breasts to become not only fattier but also smaller because we no longer need the milk-producing glands for breastfeeding.  This is when we start to notice our breasts are less firm, less tender and less lumpy.  This is key, because while harmless lumps may come and go with our menstrual cycle, now, any new lump that appears after menopause requires our doctor's prompt attention.   From the ages of 50 to 59, a woman's chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer stands at 1 in 37.   So, at this age, we should be getting mammograms once a year.

Breast health is something that we must concern ourselves with everyday.  Here at Conkright Aesthetics our passion is to help women feel beautiful both inside and out.  Being aware of changes in your body, especially your breasts will allow you and us to continue to make you feel beautiful too!

 

Danielle

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