Saturday, October 29, 2011
Show Your Breasts Some Love!
Breast Cancer. Like most deadly diseases it doesn't discriminate against age, nationality or gender. I know most people think "breast" it must be something only women can get. The truth is men can get breast cancer. Just like women, men also have breast tissue which puts them at risk for cancer. Understanding the source of breast cancer is essential. The cancer itself is a malignant tumor that starts from cells in the breast.Going a little deeper the malignant tumor is a group of cells that invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Until puberty usually 13 or 14 boys and girls alike have breast tissues with a few ducts under the nipple and areola. Once a girls ovaries begin to release hormones her breasts begin to grow. In boys hormones made by the testicles keep breasts from growing. Like all cells of the body, a man's breast duct cells can undergo cancerous changes. But breast cancer is less common in men because their breast duct cells are less developed than those of women because their breast cells are not constantly exposed to the growth-promoting effects of female hormones. This is why breast cancer is less common in men.
Having worked in the health care field for a number of years, I know first hand that breast cancer can strike at any age. I recently had the pleasure of seeing a patient who was 98 years old and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. To make it to 98 in itself is a blessing now days. To make it there with little to no major health problems is a double blessing. She was so optimistic about her future she came through a partial mastectomy and and is recovering just fine.
Our bodies are constantly changing. That's why monthly breast exams are important. No one knows your body better than you. You know when something new develops and when something just doesn't feel right. The first step is to touch yourself. Now we are all adults here, lets not pretend like we don't all do it anyway. You can even make this a part of your foreplay. Be creative with it, I don't care just do it because it is important, and it could save your life. While we are on the topic its important that your man help you with this. he may feel something that you don't feel, not to mention if your missing that spark in the bedroom this could be just what you need to make that love connection again. What man would turn down the opportunity to caress a breast? Its starts as a breast exam and ends as...well lets just say you better have your hair stylist on standby.
While the self breast examination is relatively easy to do, you have to know what your looking for. You have to know your body well enough already to recognize any changes that may have taken place. I f you suspect something feels different or not sure what your doing call your doctor. Most gynecologists and primary care physicians do breast exams when you get your yearly pap smear, and pelvic exam. However, there are still 11 other months out of the year that you need to follow up on.