A lot of women quite naturally don’t tend to think too much about their breasts, as they are just accepted as an integral part of their body.
All too often, the only time they become focused on their breasts is when they notice something is different or wrong with them. Ignoring the health of your breasts is never a good idea and you should make it a habit to regularly check for any problems and take action or seek advice if you have any worries.
It cannot be stressed strongly enough that self-examination of your breasts can sometimes literally make the difference between life and death.
Thankfully, not every woman is going to develop something as serious as breast cancer, but the primary reason why doctors suggest that you self-examine your breasts at least once a month, is to detect the symptoms of breast cancer as quickly as possible.
The optimum time for examining your breasts is about seven days after you have started your period, when they are not as swollen and tender as they can be. This allows you more opportunity to feel around problematic areas without discomfort.
There is plenty of advice on how to self-examine your breasts and this should become part of a monthly routine to check up on your health and decide if you need to seek any medical advice or opinion.
Plenty of sleep
There is a definite link between getting a good night’s sleep and improving your breast health.
Our body produces an antioxidant known as melatonin, which helps to regulate our sleep cycles and having the right levels of melatonin in your body, helps to reduce the risk factors for breast cancer.
We make this melatonin during our sleep, so aim to get to bed at about 10pm each night and you will be improving your breast health as well as feeling refreshed when you wake up in the morning.
Careful use of cosmetics
A factor often associated with cancerous breast biopsies is a higher-than-usual level of things like iron, nickel, chromium and zinc.
These ingredients are often found in cosmetics and billed as natural ingredients or mineral oils. You can get more information about the effects of these ingredients and what alternatives to look for in order to protect your breast health from a resource like safecosmetics.
Share your thoughts and fears
Breast health is an important issue and by discussing your thoughts and fears through a network of friends and like-minded people, you can help to keep on top of breast health issues.
There are plenty of options to deal with breast issues and as well as taking care of your health and watching what you consume, you can also click here to find out about cosmetic surgery procedures should that be an option you are looking at or need.
Studies have shown that women who had fewer social connections before they were diagnosed with a problem like breast cancer, where almost twice as likely to suffer a poor outcome.
Talk about your breasts and examine them regularly, as it is never a good idea to ignore your breast health.
Dr. Kevin Ruhge is an aesthetic plastic surgeon and member of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He likes to share his insights online and his articles can mainly be found on health and lifestyle sites.