Taking care of your breasts
October is breast cancer awareness month so breast health is top of the agenda for this month. Not just about getting your breasts regularly checked but also about getting to know your breasts and learning how to make sure that they’re healthy. Yes Choma, when it comes to your health your breasts need good taking care of too. To help, I’ve put together a few tips for getting to know your breasts and learning how to take care of them a little better.
First, five fast facts about your breasts:
Breasts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so no two women’s breasts are the same Choma.
Your left breast might look different to your right. Sometimes one breast grows faster and bigger than the other.
The way your breasts feel could change according to lifestyle factors. For example, your breasts might feel heavier or bigger during your menstrual cycle. They can also be changed by pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, aging and even your diet.
Your breasts don’t reach their full size until you're in your early 20s.
So now that you know just how fascinating your breasts are, here’s how to show them some love:
Did you know that the skin on your breasts is the thinnest, and most sensitive on your whole body? This is why it’s important to keep it moisturised and make sure you skin isn’t dry. Try to use thicker body cream for your breasts.
Extra tip: Also use sunscreen on your breasts. You might go out into the sun and think that your breasts are protected by your swimming costume or bikini but remember that those are also usually thinner material and can still expose your breasts to the harsh sun’s rays. Again, the skin on your breasts is super sensitive so you definitely need to make sure they don’t get sunburned.
This is a general rule for keeping any of your body parts healthy. At the end of the day Choma, a healthy diet and balanced nutrition can save you from a lot of health issues down the line. But when it comes to your breasts, there are specific foods that help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Some of these foods are: peaches, plums, fish, broccoli, olive oil, coffee (in moderation), nuts and green tea.
Choma did you know that being physically active can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 10-30 percent? And that doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon;just a simple 30 minute walk, 5 days a week is a good start to getting your blood flowing. Some basic weight training can also assist in developing breast muscle tissue. Plus, you’ll probably find that exercise may help you sleep better at night and boost your natural energy throughout your day.
Don’t smoke or drink alcohol
Smoking cigarettes can negatively affect your body in many ways, but this is especially true in increasing your risk of breast cancer and other types of cancer. You can read more on the dangers of smoking cigarettes here. Drinking alcohol can also lead to a higher breast cancer risk, Choma.
Wear the right bra
Wearing a bra is necessary to provide your breasts with the support they need- this is how you’ll keep your breast tissue healthy. But it’s even more important to wear one that fits well. Does your bra feel too tight and make you feel very uncomfortable during the day? Then it’s a good idea to get your breast cup size measured so you can start buying the right bra size for your body. You can do this at a clothing store, where there should be a shop assistant ready to measure you.
Perform breast self-exams
It’s good to regularly check your own breasts so that you get to know them well enough to know when something is wrong. You need to check your breasts to make sure there aren’t any possible signs of breast cancer, like unusual lumps, bumps and scarring. You can do a breast self-exam in just a few minutes in the privacy of your own home. Here’s how: How to self-examine your breasts.
You can also see a healthcare practitioner and ask about getting a mammogram (which is an x-ray picture of the breast used to check for lumps, signs and symptoms of breast cancer). Going for a breast exam or mammogram once or twice a year at the local clinic can help you identify any strange changes to your breasts that might need professional attention Choma.
Paying attention to your breasts is vital Choma, and will help you so much in the long run. It’s never too early or too late to start taking better care of your breasts!
Don’t forget to share this article with as many women as you can, Choma! Do you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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