When it comes to health, MNB girls know that it’s the ultimate investment you can make, because without it, we have nothing. We’ve told you countless times about the benefits of a balanced breakfast (mini kale frittatas anyone?) and waxed lyrical about making gratitude your only attitude, so now it’s time to talk about two little things (or big things in some cases) that us women can be guilty of neglecting. That’s right girls, it’s time to invest in your breasts.
Having gone through a scare of my own last week, let this article serve as a timely reminder that age is no barrier when it comes to matters of health. As a 26-year-old health nut who works out 6-7 times a week and eats enough broccoli to keep the Australian farming industry lucrative, I thought I was exempt from risks like breast disease, but finding a lump last week was exactly the reality check I needed that when it comes to health, don’t take any chances. After 4 doctors appoints, an ultra sound, full physical examination and 4 sleepless nights, I was fortunate enough to learn the lump was in fact benign, but the experience was something I won’t soon forget and health something I don’t take lightly.
Just like forming healthy habits in regards to diet and exercise is best done from a young age, so is promoting good breast health, and we’ve got three tips that will help keep your lady lumps in tip top condition.
Sorry Selena, but this time we are going to keep our hands to ourselves. Just like snowflakes, every breast is unique, and what looks or feels normal to one woman can feel totally different or abnormal to another. While breast cancer is less common in the 20-30 year age bracket, a woman regardless of her age needs to be familiar with the features of her breasts so that any changes can be detected and checked out early.
No question is a silly question, and where matters of health are concerned, it’s better to be over cautious than not cautious enough. While most breast changes or lumps in young women are secondary to hormonal changes in menstrual cycle, breast cysts or benign lumps, seeking medical opinion early can relieve anxiety and early detection of cancerous lumps.
Due to the changes in breast tissue at various stages of the menstrual cycle, breast examinations are best conducted mid-cycle as pre-menstrual lumpiness in younger women is quite common. However, if you do note a change or lump that’s worrying you, it’s best to seek medical advice as soon as you can.
But contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to wait for a medical examination and Dr Karen Shaw from the Healthy Women Medical Centre gave us the lowdown on how to perform a manual breast check that ALL women should get into the habit of routinely performing.
While in the shower, put the hand of the breast being examined behind your head and with a small amount of shower gel, easily move the fingers over the skin, going around your breast tissue systematically.
Things to look out for include: a lump/lumpiness, change in size of breast or nipple, change in colour of the nipple, redness or dimpling of the skin or persistent pain.
It’s never too early to invest in your breasts!