Breast Care for your 20s and 30s

October tends to start lots of conversations about breast cancer since it is National Breast cancer month. A long time family friend just lost the fight to breast cancer and passed away recently. It’s scary to think of the things that can go wrong with our bodies. This post focuses on women in their 20s and 30s because the information is simply not widely out there. I am no medical expert but I think having knowledge of preventative care is important. So I did some research on what women can do at these stages in their life before 40 to take care of their breasts.

The  girls done switched up

I have been in a handful of conversations with friends where the topic comes up of some change in the breasts. I myself have noticed my own breasts have changed quite a bit in my twenties. First of all, no one told me my breasts could actually go up in size after my teenage years. I thought I was set, had my bra collection on point and all. However, there are various reasons why breasts can change in size; weight gain or loss, hormones, plain ole aging, pregnancy etc. these are pretty much normal changes. Albeit very annoying because bras aren’t cheap and every woman deserves to have properly fitted bras.

Bras

Other Changes

However, I also learned there are other changes that such as lumps and bumps that may occur on one or both breasts called fibrocystic change that is harmless. Also if the lump is painful or feels just like another one then it’s probably fibrocystic change. The interesting part is that in this case pain is not really an indicator of something bad. Lumps associated with cancer are usually not painful.

One of the misconceptions is that women in their twenties and thirties don’t have to worry about breast cancer and that they should wait until their 40s to start checking their breast health. Breast cancer can occur at any age but is more likely as you get older. The most important thing is to be aware about your own body. If you don’t know what healthy boobs looks like how can you notice when something goes wrong?

You should be doing self breast exams at home regularly (about once a month and after your period) and clinical breast exam (CBE) every one to three years. Make sure you specifically request for it along with whatever other check up. I just made my appointment and I’ll be sure to let you know how the process went for me.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only and does not serve to treat or diagnose.  I am not a medical professional, consult your physician for information.


REFERENCES

https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/ClinicalBreastExam.html

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/clinical-breast-exam

https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/understanding-breast-changes#8

https://www.maurerfoundation.org/about-breast-cancer-breast-health/how-to-do-a-bse-breast-self-exam/

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