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At any time within the past 24 hours, have you, u, You, U, or YOU, taken time out for yourself to Take Off Your Bra?
Are you STILL wearing your bra 24/7/365?
When YOU are in the comfort and privacy of your own home, are YOU able to TAKE Off Your Bra?
At least when YOU go to sleep for the night, are you able to TAKE OFF Your Bra?
If YOU are at least 40 years of age, have you scheduled an appointment with your physician to discuss scheduling an annual MAMMOGRAM?
If YOU are at least 25 years of age, do you practice regular monthly BREAST SELF EXAMS?
If YOU are t least 20 years of age, do you practice BREAST MASSAGE?
Are YOU a BREASTFEEDING MOTHER, or do you plan to BREASTFEED?
Your BREASTS are right there in front of you.
From AA to DDD and beyond, Perky or Pendulous, with nipples from Strawberry Ice Cream Pink to Black Coffee Brown—and yet day to day most of you probably don't give your breasts much thought.
Are YOU aware of the multiple messages that your breasts can convey to you about your BREAST HEALTH, and; about your GENERAL HEALTH?
Now would probably be a good time for you to TAKE OFF YOUR BRA.
Your TWINS are talking to YOU, and courtesy of AVIVA PATZ at PREVENTION, here are the EDUCATIONAL 8 of the TOP 10 THINGS YOUR BREASTS SAY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH:
1.) GROWING SIZE:
If your breasts are growing, it's likely due to weight gain (because breasts are made up of mostly fat cells, in addition to glandular tissue), pregnancy (as milk ducts ramp up for breastfeeding), birth control pills, and/or hormonal changes related to your menstrual cycle (they're very sensitive to shifts in estrogen and progesterone).
2.) SHRINKING SIZE:
If you find your chest shrinking, you've likely lost weight, or your estrogen levels are falling, perhaps from going off the pill or impending menopause. If you're seeing shrinkage and none of those apply (especially if you also have hair loss, acne and facial hair), consider being tested for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is characterized by high levels of the hormones testosterone and DHEA. Or maybe just lay off the Starbucks. A study in the British Journal of Cancer found that drinking three cups of coffee a day caused breasts to shrink in some women, with additional cups increasing the effect.
3.) LARGE BREASTS:
If you're generously endowed, you can thank your DNA. While some studies have linked larger cups to a higher risk of breast cancer, there's not enough evidence to cause concern.
The MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL Plastic/Reconstructive Breast Surgeon Dr. DANIEL MAMAN says;
"The bottom line is that more studies need to be done before any definitive conclusions can be made.of surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
4.) SHIFTING SHAPE:
DNA programs your shape, but it will morph over time.
Dr, DANIEL MAMAN says;
"Breast shape and appearance is largely based on age and history of child-bearing and breastfeeding. Life-long good bra support is one of the few things women can do to fight the effects of gravity."You can also avoid yo-yo dieting, as weight fluctuations stretch the skin, and do exercises such as push-ups and chest presses to build up your pectoral muscles, which firms the chest muscles and makes breasts appear perkier.
5.) LUMPS And BUMPS:
Throughout your menstrual cycle, your breasts may feel lumpy and bumpy, as hormonal changes cause benign cysts to fill with fluid.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Of MEDICINE Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. LAUREN STREICHER says;
"In menstruating women, these fibrocystic changes are part of the normal architecture of the breast."The lumps—which tend to show up on the sides of the breasts under the armpits and/or up front and over the nipples—may feel tender or even painful, especially pre-period, but it's not usually a cause for concern, especially if the lumps are symmetrical. As always, check with your doctor if you're worried.
6.) HIGH DENSITY:
If you're among the roughly half of women whose breasts are dense—meaning they have more fibrous and glandular tissue—it can be difficult to accurately detect masses or tumors on mammograms. That's because both dense breast tissue and cancer show up as white on x-rays. Since having dense breasts can also mean a slightly elevated risk of cancer, at least 22 states have passed a law requiring physicians to let you know if you have them, according to the organization Are You Dense Advocacy. Women with extremely dense breasts should ask their doctor about further testing, via MRI or ultrasound. In the meantime, get to know your body.
Dr. MAMAN says;
"Be diligent with self-exams—know what your breasts feel like. Have a very low threshold to seek professional medical assistance if you feel something unusual."7.) ACHES And PAINS:
There's a long list of things that can cause breast pain, and most are benign.
Dr. LAUREN STREICHER says;
"Bilateral breast pain—pain in both breasts—is very often hormonal or due to too much caffeine. Muscle wall tenderness can hang on for weeks. Most people don't connect the dots."Breast pain can also come from a deficiency in iron, which regulates thyroid hormones. In a 2004 study, half of women reduced their overall breast pain after adding 6 mg of iodine supplements, which also boosts thyroid function, to their diets.
Dr. STREICHER says;
"While pain in only one breast could warn of breast cancer—people think breast cancer doesn't cause pain but that's not true; it can hurt."8.) NIPPLE DISCHARGE:
Nipple discharge is not abnormal—it can happen after sexual stimulation—but it could signal a problem.
Dr. STREICHER says;
"Most women immediately think it means breast cancer, and in some cases it does, but there's a long list of other things it could be."When the discharge is happening on both sides, it's likely to be a hormonal issue. A common problem is elevated levels of prolactin, which could come from a medication you're taking (such as the pill or certain SSRI antidepressants), having an underactive thyroid, duct ectasia (a menopause-related shortening of the milk ducts), or worst case, a pituitary tumor.
Dr. MAMAN notes that a benign tumor called a papilloma can occasionally cause a bloody discharge. Discharge can also just mean you're pregnant and your breasts are kick-starting the milk production factory. And milky discharge can persist for up to two years after you stop breastfeeding.
"Most times, nipple discharge is normal but should still prompt an evaluation - particularly when nipple discharge is bloody, involves only one breast, and occurs along with skin changes and suspicion of a breast mass."
Your GIRLS are TALKING to YOU.
HAPPY TAKE OFF YOUR BRA, LISTEN To YOUR BREASTS, TAKE CARE Of YOUR BREASTS, And TAKE CARE Of YOURSELVES BRALESS THURSDAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And BEAUTIFUL BOUNTIFUL BRALESS THURSDAY BLESSINGS;