One of the most visible parts of a woman’s body is her breasts. Not only are the breasts visible, but they provide a sense of womanhood, enhances her beauty, they serve as a source of pleasure during sexual intimacy and my personal favourite which is that the woman’s breast provides the most healthy form of nutrition for her baby. For these reasons, it is very important for us to take very good care of our breasts.
Ways to Keep your breast healthy!
- Be breast aware: You need to know your own breasts. Being breast aware means you know everything about your breasts. How it feels, how it looks, the size of both breasts and how it looks. This can only be done if you periodically check and examine your breasts. Breast awareness is very necessary to keeping your breast healthy since you are able to identify early any changes that may occur. Also being breast awareness means you know about breast cancer and what to look out for with regards to the signs and symptoms.
- You need to maintain a healthy weight : Studies have shown that being overweight during adulthood especially after menopause increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Therefore it is healthier to keep a normal weight as you grow older to reduce your chances of breast cancer.
- Exercise! Hit the road with some brisk walking, or skip a rope every now and then. You can also join a gym or try some yoga at home. All these can serve as good exercise that can keep your breast healthy.
- No / Less Alcohol intake : Too much Alcohol use can also increase your risk of breast cancer. It us advisable to reduce alcohol use more importantly after menopause.
- Know your Family health history: Some cancers have genetic predisposition. Breast cancer is one of such. Which means if a biological family member (eg. Mother, sister, aunt, etc.) has experienced breast cancer, there is an increased risk for you. By knowing this about your family’s medical history you can properly take care of yourself by adopting a healthier lifestyle to prevent it.
- Taking oral contraceptives: Some oral contraceptives can increase your risk of acquiring breast cancer. If you intend to use any, make sure to read about it or ask questions when next you’re at the family planning office.