The health of a woman’s breasts is vastly important to her well-being and self-image, as we have showed you with the first seven things that every woman should know about her breasts in part one. We have returned once again with our part two article, featuring the next eight things that you should know about your girls! Read on to find out everything there is to know, you might be missing out on something!
Number Twenty-Four: The Night Shift
Oddly enough, there may be a correlation to breast cancer based on the hours that you work. The International Agency for Research on Cancer is currently studying possible increased chances of women who work night shifts to get the disease.
Number Twenty-Three: The Mass Effect
Overall, breast cancer is an intense threat to women. In America, it is predicted that a whopping 232,670 new incidences of invasive breast cancer will be developed annually, and the number is growing. In addition, about 62,570 non-invasive cases of diagnosed breast cancer are also to be expected.
Number Twenty-Two: Ancient Breasts
Although breast cancer has spiked in development rates over the recent years, it is not a new disease. The early cases of breast cancer were documented as early as 3,500 years ago by the Ancient Egyptians. The condition was described as having “bulging tumors” within the breasts, and that there was no cure.
Number Twenty-One: Your Chances
The chances of developing breast cancer are frighteningly high for women; it is best to take all the necessary precautions to avoid its onset. In fact, it is estimated that for every eight women, one will be diagnosed with the disease.
Number Twenty: Get a Mammogram
Doctors recommend that women should begin receiving mammograms by the age of forty. That is, for the average woman who does not have a history of the disease in their genetics.
Number Nineteen: The Mastectomy
The mastectomy is a helpful procedure, using technology that was first developed in the 1800s. The first procedure of its kind was performed by surgeon William S. Halsted, of John Hopkins Hospital.
Number Eighteen: The Komen Foundation
The Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded by Susan’s sister, Nancy Brinker. Struck so heavily by her sister’s death from the disease at age 33, she swore to her sister that she would do everything she could to put a stop to it, and began the organization in 1982.
Number Seventeen: Early Detection
For those who are unlucky enough to be struck with this condition, early detection is the largest key to surviving. It is recommended that women of every age perform self-check exams monthly, as well as undergoing clinical breast exams every three years past the age of thirty. Don’t forget to return for our remaining articles, parts three and four, to discover the remaining 16 facts that every woman should know about her breasts!