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This post is dedicated to all the women who have fought, are still fighting, will fight and have lost the battle of breast cancer.

As we approach this year’s run for the cure I thought I would write a little blog about breasts and proper care of them. If your partner knows your rack better than you do, it’s time for a quick reintroduction!!

What are they?

Breasts are fat and connective tissue surrounding 15-20 lobules that when lactating produce milk through about 6 to 10 ducts.

What do they do?

They nourish infants and fill out halter tops J

Why are they soo important?

Good reasons are because we are able to give our newborns the nourishment they need, and the bad reason is because breasts are the second most common site of cancer (after skin) in women.

Some things to look for that may indicate some issues going on.

1. Discharge – any fluid from the nipple in women who aren’t breast feeding can be the result of infection or a side effect of certain medications. See your doctor to determine the cause.

2. Lumps – yes, they could be cancer but most aren’t. Lumpiness can be the result of extra fluid in your breasts around the time of your period, growth of milk glands during pregnancy or fat loss during menopause. It’s always best to have any lump you find examined by a doctor.

3. Tenderness – Hormonal ups and downs can cause pain around your period or as you approach menopause.

Here is 3 good ways to care for your pair.

1. Go native: In a study of dietary patterns at the University of Utah, a so-called “Native Mexican” diet rich in beans, spices and tomato-based sauces was associated with a 32 percent lower risk of breast cancer than a typical western diet.

2. Think Smaller: Studies have shown that overweight women can lower their levels of insulin, estrogen and testosterone by shedding a few pounds. This can reduce the risk factors for breast cancer.

3. Limit toxins: Specific types of toxins can actually be stored in your breast tissue, so whenever possible choose organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, limit exposure to smoke and use a deodorant rather than an aluminum based anti-perspirant.

I posted the self-breast exam sheet last year but I felt it was fitting to post again.

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