Every woman should make time for healthy habits such as getting plenty of exercise, eating healthy, and finding a comfortable balance between work and life.
In addition, all women should schedule routine health screenings that help detect a variety of diseases in their early stages. When it comes to staying healthy, a proactive approach is best.
Which important health screenings have you had recently?
Do you know your breast anatomy? Knowing the parts of the breast, what they
do and why they are important is critical knowledge for identifying any
abnormalities that might appear in the breast. Read on to learn about
your breast anatomy and the function and importance of the parts of your
Do you know why your breasts are so soft?
Your breast anatomy
does not contain any muscle. Breasts are made up of glandular, fatty,
and fibrous tissues. There is a layer of fatty tissue that surrounds the
breast glands and runs throughout the entire breast. This fat is what
gives breasts their soft consistency. It is also what gives the breast
its size and shape
Breast cancer is an area of tissue that has an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells. It can either be malignant (cancerous) or benign.
Nine out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous and may, instead, be such things as fibroadenomas and cysts.
Cancerous tumours can grow through your breast and spread to other parts of your body (through the bloodstream or the lymph system) where they may grow and form 'secondary' tumours. This is called metastasis.
There are different types of breast cancer, which are classed depending on their ability to spread to neighbouring tissues.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women and the leading
cause of cancer deaths.
Every woman's breasts are different so it is important for each individual
woman to be familiar with her breasts in order to recognize any
Unfortunately, the early stages of breast cancer may not have any symptoms.
This is why it is important to follow screening recommendations. As a tumor
grows in size, it can produce a variety of symptoms including:
Breast health is important to the physiological and psychological
health of both men and women. Therefore, a program of "preventive" care
that includes self examination is crucial to detecting breast changes
and early signs of breast cancer before symptoms progress. Research
suggests that a majority of women do not conduct regular self exams.
Regular breast self examination is one of the best ways of protecting
yourself against breast cancer. Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but
treatment is far more successful when it is detected early. By learning
to do breast self exams, you increase the chances of detecting an
abnormal lump while it is still easily treatable.
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