How well do you know your … Breasts?
Sure … you live with them. You sleep with them every night. They’re attached to your body. Your breasts, perhaps, have been or are a great source of nourishment for your baby; or pleasure for your significant other. But, how well do you know them, really?
Here are some interesting FAQs:
- Your breasts are made up of fat and connective tissue surrounding 15 to 20 lobules that, when lactating produce milk through 6 to 10 ducts.
- Typically, the left breast is about 3.2% larger than the right.
- After skin, breasts are the 2nd most common site of cancer in American women.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation suggest you give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Women should perform their breast self exam 7-10 days after their menstrual cycle starts; during which time breasts are the least tender and lumpy. If you are in menopause, then select the same day of the month and mark it on the calendar as a reminder.
Look for changes in breast tissue, such as in size, lumpiness, dimpling or puckering, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple. It is not out of the ordinary to have lumpy or bumpy breasts. It is important, however, for women to know the geography of their own breasts so that it is easier to detect changes. If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, see a doctor immediately. Though 8 out of 10 lumps are benign, all should be examined to confirm that they are not cancerous.