In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the team at Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami want to encourage breast health education with a few tips on how to keep your breasts healthy.
Tip #1: Perform Regular Self-Exams
recommends performing a self-exam of your breasts about once a month. This will help you to get familiar with the normal shape and feel of your breasts so that you are better able to detect when something looks or feels “off.” You can examine your breasts in the shower, in front of a mirror or while lying down and resting. It is good to both visually inspect your breasts and feel your bare breasts, looking for changes to the color of your nipples, dimpling of breast skin or unusual swelling. Check also for a lump or hardened knot feeling. If you notice anything unusual, contact your doctor right away.
Tip #2: Have Regular Breast Check-ups and Mammograms
Adult women over 20 years old should visit their doctors to get regular breast check-ups or mammograms, depending on what age group they fall into. From these diagnostic tools, your doctor can screen you for breast cancer and other health conditions. The Susan G. Komen organization, a leading source on the detection and prevention of breast cancer, makes the following recommendations:
- Women ages 20 to 39 should have a clinical breast exam once every 1-3 years.
- Women ages 40 to 49 should have a clinical breast exam along with a mammogram once a year up until they’re 50.
- Women ages 50 to 74 should have a mammogram once every two years.
Tip #3: Get Regular Exercise
Did you know that engaging in a brisk walk for at least 45 minutes a day, five days a week, can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by up to 20 percent? This is linked to the fact that exercise affects how our body’s enzymes break estrogen down into often unhealthy byproducts, which can lead to breast cancer. Though 45-60 minutes at least five days a week will be the most effective prevention plan, the American Cancer Society reports that even 150 minutes (or 2.5 hours) of exercise a week will lower your overall cancer risk.
Tip #4: Go Easy on the Alcohol
Studies have shown that women who drink two to three alcoholic drinks a day have a 20 percent higher risk for breast cancer. This is due to the fact that alcohol changes how a woman’s body metabolizes estrogen, often causing estrogen levels to rise. Higher estrogen levels in women have been linked to a higher breast cancer risk. To lower your risk, keep your alcohol consumption to a maximum of one drink per day.
To talk to one of our knowledgeable plastic surgeons about the breast surgery options we offer, contact Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami today to schedule a personal consultation. Call us today at (305) 479-2991.