Breast Health Through The Decades – In Your 20s

Taking care of your breast health is essential at every age, but it becomes especially important in your 20s as you start to establish healthy habits that can benefit you for a lifetime. In this blog post, we will discuss the key steps you can take to maintain optimal breast health in your 20s and reduce your risk of breast cancer. From clinical breast exams to lifestyle changes, we have got you covered with all the information you need to prioritize your breast health.

  1. Get a clinical breast exam and become breast aware.

A clinical breast exam is a physical breast exam performed by a medical professional. During your 20s, a clinical breast exam and discussion about your overall health and personal risk factors is a good way to take stock of what’s “normal” for you. Do clinical breast exams yearly in your 20s and 30s. Perform monthly breast self-exams to be familiar with your breasts so that you will notice any small changes that you’ll want to bring to the attention of your doctor. See infographic below to learn how to self-exam. Also check Breast Cancer Symptoms Here

  1. Find out if you are in the high-risk category.

If breast cancer runs in your family, you’ll want to discuss with your doctor a personal plan for understanding your risk. For example, you may want to consider being tested for the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 gene mutations, which are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

  1. New mums should breastfeed for at least six months.

Some studies suggest that breastfeeding may slightly lower breast cancer risk, specifically for women who breastfeed for one and a half to two years. A study released by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed breastfeeding six months or longer reduced breast cancer risk by 20 per cent.

  1. Exercise and eat right!

Exercising at least 30 minutes per day, whether it’s by walking, biking, jogging, dancing or any other physical activity can reduce your breast cancer risk by about 20 per cent. Plus, it’s a habit that is good for not just your breasts but also your overall health. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources like fish and poultry can further support optimal breast health.

  1. Limit alcohol consumption and avoid smoking.

Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. It’s recommended to limit alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day or less if possible. Smoking is another habit that can increase the risk of various cancers including breast cancer so quitting smoking should be a priority in maintaining good overall health.

Taking care of our breasts in our 20s sets us up for healthier lives ahead as we continue through different decades of life journey! By following these simple tips like getting regular checkups from healthcare professionals; discussing any concerns about family history or genetic risks; adopting healthy habits such as exercising regularly eating well-balanced meals; limiting alcohol consumption while avoiding tobacco products – women can greatly reduce their chances developing illnesses related specifically towards female anatomy including cancers found within breasts themselves—making sure all aspects physical self taken into account when considering how best maintain wellness throughout years come!