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Your Guide to Healthy Breasts

When it comes to healthy breasts, the best thing you can do is pull the head out of the bush and look down regularly into the bra bowl.

5 risk factors you need to know

Female sex hormones increase the risk of breast cancer. However, there is no need to panic if you eat birth control pills, for typical birth control pills are in the 20s and 30s, and here we produce piles of female sex hormone estrogen. The body is geared to it. Menopause hormone supplements are a little different, so be sure to remember - especially if you score high on any of the other risk factors. curvesnmore

Late first-time birth. Have you had an elongated youth and saved the baby time in the late 30s, you must be extra careful.

Late menopause increases your risk, so if hot flushes and headaches first hit you in the late 1950s, you should worry about breast cancer. Or you shouldn't. You can't do anything about it anyway. Contrary to the next important point in the list, where you yourself influence your risk factor.

Food and drink in abundant quantities is bad. Alcohol and overweight have proven to be important for the development of breast cancer. Especially after menopause.

You may be inherited predisposed to breast cancer. Of course you know if your mother or grandmother has had breast cancer. Be aware that you can also inherit breast cancer from your father's family. Perhaps, as a consequence, you should be screened before you become 50, maybe it is not necessary. If your family history is full of cancer, ask your medical practitioner to assess whether you need genetic counseling and, in fact, have a higher risk.

4 symptoms you should respond to

Knots in the chest can be very different. Smooth knots that slip between your fingers, don't worry about it. But nodules that are harder and irregular call for a doctor's visit.

Will there be fluid from the nipple? It may be a sign of breast cancer, especially if the fluid is bloody. Remember, however, that if you have breastfed, you can have milk residues in the breasts for several years after the last breastfeeding. It is completely normal.

Eczema on the nipple, redness and swelling. Itching, irregular redness and irregularities. Keep an eye on whether your breasts change in any way. It may be indicative of malignant cells in the mammary glands.

Swollen lymph nodes under the arms. Normally you cannot feel them yourself, but if the glands are raised, then round your GP. Unlike breast nodes, lymph nodes can be smooth and slip between the fingers.