The most important
things a woman
can do to stay
- Get recommended screening tests.
- Be tobacco free.
- Be physically active.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Take preventive medicines if you need them.
The more in tune you are with your ever-changing body, the better you can take charge or your health
Our bodies never stay still.
They are active and they are changing.
Breast tissue and therefore, breast health concerns are constantly changing as women go through different stages in their lives (puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breast feeding, menopause, etc). Breast cancer risk significantly increases with age but some other breast conditions are more common in younger women (such as infections and irritation that are due to hormonal changes and breast-feeding). Make sure you inform yourself about breast health that is relevant to your age and your personal risk. Stay tuned and informed as your body keeps active and changing.
When it comes to understanding breast health, it is important to be aware that the primary function of breasts is to produce milk. Consequently, the anatomy and functionality of breasts is designed to support its primary purpose. Are you aware that almost all breast cancers begin in the breast milk ducts? That all women, even women who have never breast fed a baby will experience what is called breast involution? (a process where the milk-making system inside the breast shrinks as it is not longer needed). Because the skin around the breasts will not shrink, once breast involution happens, a womans breasts can look empty and saggy (find out in our LIV Beautiful section what you can do to get the full look back)
Maintaining breast health is of utmost importance.
The American Cancer Society notes that breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States. Moreover, the highest incidence of breast cancer in the world occurs in women living in North America.
Scientists and doctors want women to know that healthy life style choices such as regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and eating fresh fruits and vegetables have been shown to have a positive affect on reducing breast cancer risk and keeping breast tissue healthy.
Yes women have more control of their breast health than they may think. In performing all steps (monthly breast self-exams between annual check ups and mammography in the appropriate age group) and making healthy lifestyle choices, you make your health a priority.