What You Should Know About Your Breasts

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You’d think that women would probably have known plenty about our own breasts. But there are some facts that we simply don’t realise or understand.

In conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some facts that you need to know about your breasts:

  1. We are the only primates with permanent breasts
    As humans, we grow breasts before puberty even starts, and they continue growing and changing throughout our lives – specifically increase in size during menstruation and pregnancy. However, other primates’ breasts grow only when they’re breastfeeding.
  2. Not all breasts are equal in size
    One breast is usually about one fifth larger than the other, with the left side generally having the size advantage.
  3. Breasts are hypersensitive
    Compared with other organs, breasts are vulnerable to small changes in your hormones, which can be triggered by toxic chemicals we’re exposed to each day. As such, you might want to avoid products that contain estrogen-mimicking chemicals, such as food and liquid containers as well as personal care products. Instead of canned food, consume fresh or frozen. When buying shampoo and soap, opt for fragrance-free ones.
  4. Breast size is hereditary
    You have an equal chance of inheriting your chest size from either parent, which is why your sister may have much larger breasts than you.
  5. Our breasts are getting larger
    Not only cup sizes are increasing, but girls’ breasts are beginning to grow earlier than ever before – between 9 to 10 years old —which is a major risk factor for breast cancer later in life, finds a University of North Carolina study. Many scientists believe chemicals exposure is behind the timing change of pubescence. Ditch hormone-mimicking plastics wherever you can. Invest in a stainless steel water bottle, and never heat up food in the microwave using a plastic container.
  6. Breast cancer doesn’t affect females only
    Although less common than in women, men are still susceptible to the disease. Studies believe that environmental exposure such as toxic chemicals in drinking water supply could be at play.
  7. Breastfeeding can decrease breast cancer risk
    Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk, especially if a woman breastfeeds for longer than 1 year. Making milk 24/7 limits breast cells’ ability to misbehave and most women have fewer menstrual cycles when they’re breastfeeding resulting in lower estrogen levels.
  8. Breastfeeding won’t make your breasts sag or shrink
    Sagging is inevitable. Unless you have corrective surgery, getting older means your breasts will sag over time. Other culprits include gravity, pregnancy, smoking, and sleeping on the stomach.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. As the signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women, it is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. It is important to conduct a breast self-exam) regularly.

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