It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to focus on breast wellness.
Here are some suggestions on keeping your breasts healthy.
Pay Attention To Your Breasts
Get up close and personal. Know the size, shape, and color of your breasts and nipples. It’s recommended that adult women perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Researchers at John’s Hopkins Medical Center state “forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” Performing a monthly self-exam make you familiar with your breasts, so you can immediately report any changes in how they look or feel to your doctor.
Wear the Right Size
The right bra size can make all the difference in feel and appearance. A well- made bra, with the right fit, will not only be comfortable but will give you the support you need. Your bra size will most likely change during your lifetime. Age, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations will likely affect the size of your breasts so it’s important to update the bras you wear. Look for a bra with strong under bust support. Wire-free bras are also a great option.
Get Regular Screenings
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women 45-54 who have an average risk for breast cancer. A woman of average risk has none of the following: a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation (such as BRCA), chest radiation therapy before the age of 30. Women between 40-44 can choose whether or not to begin mammogram screenings every year. Women over 55 can switch to every other year, or continue with annual mammograms. All women should discuss mammogram screenings with their health care professional.
Choose a Supportive Sports Bra
Exercising in a well-made sports bra will make all the difference in your work-outs. Invest in a sports bra with strong support and durability. Marena’s Easy-on Zippered Sports Bra is made with patented medical-grade compression that reduces vibration and provides stability. Their exclusive fabric is treated with anti-microbial agents to prevent odor and promote freshness. It also wicks away moisture to keep you cool and dry.
Make Adjustments During Pregnancy
Breasts can grow significantly during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Your bra size may change dramatically. Don’t try to squeeze in to your regular bra. A new size bra might be necessary to provide you with extra support and comfort. Look for a bra that’s easy to take on and off, making nursing easier. You’ll also want to select a bra made with durable fabric so it holds up in frequent washings.