Few people ever get into the nitty-gritty of breast health. We all know breast cancer is a horrible disease, one that you probably do already know a bit about, and the more we learn about prevention and early detection the closer we come to beating it. A recent Canadian study shows that we’re making progress. According to Reuters, “Rates of breast cancer recurrence fell by half or more between the 1980s and the early 2000s—likely due to improved treatments and increased screenings.” Even more good news, a vaccine that slows the progress of metastatic breast cancer is showing real promise.
So we’re taking a moment to empower you, dear readers, with some breast health facts you really should know. From how to care for them to how they’re supposed to change over the years (and some not so well-known things to look out for), here are some tidbits of information about your own tidbits.
- The Monthly Exam
You’re doing a self-exam every month, right? You’re not? While it’s true that the efficacy of the self-exam has been debated, the potential benefits when it comes to breast health far outweigh any time spent performing this painless, easy procedure. You should be doing it. Monthly.