Current research findings suggest
that physical activity, a healthy diet, and a
healthy weight
can help reduce
the risk of getting
breast cancer
for the first
time or having
breast cancer
come back

Breast Health is an important part of a woman’s overall health.

Breast Health for Women
in Their 20s and 30s

In your 20s and your 30s, your breasts are firm and have good elasticity and tone. The breast is made of less fat and more tissue during this time which makes mammography less effective.

This is also the time when many women go through pregnancy and breast feeding. During pregnancy, a woman’s breast size increases but once you have given birth and breast-fed the baby, the breasts are likely to shrink (up to a full cup). This phenomenon is called “involution,” a process where the milk-making system inside the breast decreases.

Be aware: The week before and during your period, extra hormones may leave your breasts swollen, bumpy and tender. Research has found that reducing caffeine intake can help to manage these symptoms.

Most Common Breast Health Concern

It is very common for younger women to experience some degree of breast pain and/or fibrocystic changes (lumpiness due to hormones). Both conditions are uncomfortable and should be discussed with your doctor at your annual clinical exam. Dr. Bodai recommends www.Imaginis.com, the online women’s health resource to learn more about breast pain and fibrocystic breasts.

What steps to take to maintain good breast health?

According to the American Cancer Society, only 5 percent of all cases of breast cancer occur in women younger than 40. In addition, most young women that are diagnosed with breast cancer have no prior family history. Thus, it is important for every young woman to perform the recommended steps for early detection even though your risk of getting breast cancer is lower compared to older women.

If you are at normal risk and have no family history, two easy steps and healthy lifestyle choices will help you to stay on top of your breast health.

  1. Step 1: Monthly Breast Self-Exams (Dr. Bodai recommends the use of the LIV)
  2. Step 2: Annual Clinical Exams

In Addition

  • At the age of 35, have a baseline mammogram.
  • Make good lifestyle choices. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight!
  • Keep yourself informed about breast cancer and new breast cancer screening technologies. Knowledge is important in keeping good health.

Breast Health for Women
in Their 40s

In your 40s, breast tissue starts to decline and the percentage of fat in your breasts increases. Because fat is less likely to withstand the effects of gravity, your breasts will normally start to droop. Visit our LIV Beautiful section– Out of Shape Breasts– to learn what you can do to keep a full look.

Most Common Breast Health Concerns

All women are likely to develop breast cysts. Breast cysts are fluid filled sacs within the breast tissue and are harmless. Although larger cysts can sometimes be felt as “lumps,” many cysts are undetectable by physical examination but are frequently seen as abnormal shadows on mammograms. When this occurs, a breast ultrasound is usually performed. Breast ultrasound is the most sensitive and accurate method for the identification and diagnosis of breast cysts.

Also, as in your 20s and 30s, breast pain and fibrocystic changes are still normal concerns in your 40s.

What steps to take to keep up good breast health?

Starting at the age of 40, it is important to get annual mammograms.

If you are at normal risk and have no family history, the following steps are the recommended breast-cancer screening routine for your age.

  1. Step 1: Monthly Breast Self-Exams (Dr. Bodai recommends the use of the LIV)
  2. Step 2: Annual Clinical Exams
  3. Step 3: Annual Mammograms

Great news: According to the American Cancer Society, if you avoid alcohol, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy body weight, you are decreasing your risk of getting breast cancer.

Breast Health for Women Over 50

In your 50s and 60s, hormonal changes will cause the amount of fat in your breasts to decline (as it does in the face) and this may cause an additional slight shrinkage of your breasts. As women go through menopause, fat will replace most of the breast tissue and cause the breast to lose elasticity. The good news: there is a lot women can do to create a full, younger-looking breast (check out the LIV Beautiful section– Out of Shape Breasts).

Most Common Breast Health Concern

At this age, your main breast health concern is breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, a 50 year old woman has a 1 in 38 chance of getting diagnosed with the disease. The risk further increases with age as an American woman’s risk of getting breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 out of 7.

If you are at normal risk and have no family history, the following steps are the recommended breast-cancer screening routine in this age group.

What steps to take to maintain good breast health?

Most importantly, get annual mammograms!

Also, if you are normal risk with no family history, follow the following guidelines:

  1. Step 1: Monthly Breast Self-Exams (Dr. Bodai recommends the use of the LIV)
  2. Step 2: Annual Clinical Exams
  3. Step 3: Annual Mammograms

Be aware: studies suggest that even a moderate weight gain after menopause can increase the risk of getting breast cancer. Make sure you keep a healthy weight and diet. Also, exercise every day for at least 30 minutes!

12 Breast Health Facts

  1. Breasts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and normally, one breast is slightly larger than the other.
  2. The primary function of breasts is to produce milk after a baby is born. When it comes to breast feeding a baby, breast size does not matter. The amount of milk produced has nothing to do with a woman’s breast size.
  3. Breasts get fat! As women age, breast tissue gets replaced with fat.
  4. The skin on breasts is very thin. When women develop breasts in their teen years, the skin stretches out and becomes thinner. Make sure to use a moisturizer, and, for best results, use a skin care product that firms and stimulates collagen and elastin growth.
  5. Every woman has nipple hair. If the hair bothers you, just wax or tweeze it away.
  6. Breasts come in every size and shape and so do nipples. It is also normal for them to point in different directions.
  7. Be aware– the week before and during your period, extra hormones may leave your breasts swollen, bumpy and tender.
  1. Breasts go through a monthly cycle because hormones cause the breast tissue to change week by week. This is why it is so important to do breast self-examination at the same time each month.
  2. Over two million American women have had cosmetic surgery to upgrade their breasts. Make sure to get a mammogram before you get implants! Dr. Bodai wants women to know that research shows that breast implants do not increase your risk of getting breast cancer but it may make mammography more difficult.
  3. The best time of the month to schedule your annual clinical exam is the week after your period. Breasts are usually less swollen and lumpy. This is also the best time to do your monthly breast self-exam.
  4. It is important to know that most breast lumps and breast conditions are non-cancerous. If you notice that there have been changes in your breast or nipple, report these findings to your doctors for appropriate evaluation. Dr. Bodai says that 4 out of 5 times, it will be okay.
  5. Early detection is vital to a woman’s health and treatment options.

learn more

watch the video