Breast Health Practices


Breasts are just as much a part of your body as your kidneys; however, their care is often overlooked. Taking care of your breasts goes beyond an occasional lump test. As a part of your body, you should be aware of how your daily practices affect your breasts and of the urban myths associated with breast health..

Putting on a bra every morning is probably habit by now, something you rarely think about. On the contrary, it’s something that deserves thought; wearing a bra that doesn’t fit can poorly affect your overall health. Without proper support, strain is put on your back and neck, which can lead to headaches and poor posture. On the other hand, if your bra is too tight, it can restrict blood circulation and breathing.

Wearing a correctly fitting bra can greatly improve how you feel. Getting fitted is the best way to be sure that you’re wearing the right size. Finding a proper bra goes beyond finding the right number and letter. Not only are breasts different sizes, but they also are different shapes: bell, side set, round, slender, east west, teardrop, asymmetrical. A fitting allows an expert to find a bra with the right padding and style for your chest.

Wearing a bra to bed is said to help maintain your breasts’ shape. There is no scientific evidence to support this. While there’s no reason to do so, there’s nothing to stop you if it’s comfortable. There is a belief that wearing a bra to bed can increase your chance of breast cancer, but there is no recorded correlation.

There are certain things that predispose you to breast cancer. For example, immutable factors include family history and certain genetic mutations that can increase your risk of cancer. There are some risk factors within your control, though, which include. obesity, alcohol consumption, and hormone replacement therapy. One of the many variables that does not increase or decrease your risk of cancer is whether you wear a bra to sleep or not.

Breast cancer is a grave disease, which means self-screening and vigilance is all the more important. The National Breast Cancer Foundation suggests performing a lump test once a month. While giving yourself these exams goes far in the way of early detection, mammograms can reveal tumors before they can be felt.

If you do feel a lump, it still may not be cancer. Only two out of every ten lumps found in a breast are cancerous. The Maurer Foundation lists several possibilities for lumps other than breast cancer. These include regular hormonal changes, fibrocystic breasts, mastitis, or medicine use. The best thing to do is to get any lumps checked out by your doctor. It is always better to have a medical professional assuage your fears than to live in fear or in ignorance, whether the topic is something deadly, like cancer, or cosmetic, like perkiness.